How Do I Become a School Administrator?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
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In order to become a school administrator, you will need to earn a college degree and work in the field for a period of time. Most school administrators have a combination of education and experience that qualifies them for the position, so it is likely that you will need a master's degree or PhD in order to be competitive in the field. You must have a passion for education if you want to become a school administrator, so working as a teacher or other professional in the education field will prepare you for a job as an administrator.

You can earn a bachelor's degree in just about any field in order to become a school administrator, but a degree in education or administration will better prepare you and make you a more competitive candidate. It may help to earn a teaching certification, and spending time in the classroom in a teaching capacity will further prepare you to become a school administrator. You will need to earn an advanced degree, such as a master's degree or PhD, and you can do this while you work within a school system. This combination gives you the education you need while you work within the field to get the experience most employers desire.

The master's degree or PhD you earn should be focused on education administration. You may be able to complete an administrative experience that will be necessary in order to graduate from the program or to be considered for a position in a professional setting. You will also need to compete certain certifications in order to become a school administrator, so it is wise to do some research into the specific requirements in your area. These requirements can vary by region, and any college programs you choose to attend should be focused specifically on giving you the qualifications required in your area.

Once you complete all necessary coursework, you can apply for positions as an administrator. Positions as a principal or vice principal are the most difficult to get, and most employers prefer candidates who have worked in other administrative capacities for these positions. You can research the various administration openings in your area and find the ones that you are most qualified for. Working in a lower level administration position will give you the work experience you will need to obtain a higher level administration position, and it will help you establish contacts and relationships within the school or school district.

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