Education Administrator

How to Become an Education Administrator
Education Administrator Job Duties
Skills and Qualities of an Education Administrator
Education Administrator Salaries
Influential Education Administrators
Leading Education Administrator Organizations
Top Cities for Education Administration Jobs
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How to become an Education Administrator

Many educator administrators start their careers as educators, but not all do. To hold a position of leadership at an educational institution, usually a master's degree in education administrator/leadership is required. If an education administrator is serving in an institution of higher learning, a doctorate degree is required. If one wishes to become a public school principal, there are state regulated licenses that must be obtained and maintained. If one wishes to become the director of a preschool or child care center, certification in child development is required. The point for high school levels and below is that education administrators would be kept up to date on emerging education trends and effective education implementation ideas. There is also extra care taken with the institutions that deal with children and adolescents due to the delicacy and complexity of child and adolescent development issues and considerations, which are constantly being updated through research.

What does an Education Administrator do?

There are various types of education administrators and they all have very different roles.

Principals and vice principals of schools provide primary leadership to their institutions by establishing and enforcing policies, the "culture" of an institution, and making executive decision on behalf of the institution on matters of budget, hiring, human resources management, goal setting, fundraising, procurement, facilities development, etc. They also act as liaisons with administrators elsewhere in the school systems, parents, student bodies, law makers (sometimes) and the teachers and staff of their schools. Often, decision making is highly complex because a principal must make decisions, considering the interests and well being of every group and perspective.

Administrators not tied to a particular school but to a district instead usually hold a regional responsibility for the academic standards in their "territory's" institutions. They also sometimes oversee certain programs that are district oriented, vs. individual school oriented, in the areas of behavioral health, athletic and professional development resourcing.

In post-high school education, a number of positions exist to assist with the development and enforcement of academic policies, budge oversight, program development, fundraising and collaboration. The titles vary and include provost, chief academic officer, and dean.

There are also the leaders of the distinct departments at colleges and universities. These positions, usually given the title of department head or department chairperson, are also considered education administrators as they help oversee the faculty and educational issues in their department.

There are other areas of education administration and other titles, but these comprise the core categories, mostly broken down by what age the students are - post or pre-college/university.

What skills or qualities do I need to become an Education Administrator?

Not only do these administrators need to understand the goals and focus of their institution, at every turn they have to be skillful negotiators between the demands and needs of faculty, students, parents, higher administrators, etc. A collaborative leadership style characterizes the most successful education administrators. Interpersonal and communication skills are paramount.

How much does an Education Administrator make?

In the preschool and child care center arena, administrators make between $25,000 - $71,000+. In elementary and secondary schools, they make between $52,000 - $117,000+. In the post secondary arena, between $41,000 - $105,000+.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

The president of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education - is Diana Doyle, and the President-Elect is Mike Segawa.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

There are many leading organizations in the education field. Some of them are as follows:

The National Association of Elementary School Principals
The National Association of Secondary School Principals
The Educational Leadership Constituent Council American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
National Child Care Association
Council for Professional Recognition

What are the top cities for Education Administration jobs?

Since education administrator positions are present at every school in every city, there is no one place to go for choice job opportunities. However, the current top city for education administrator jobs is New York City, with Chicago, Illinois in second place and Dallas, Texas in third.

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