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Elementary/Secondary School Administrator

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Master's degree

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What They Do

Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary Career Video

About This Career

Plans, directs, or coordinates the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Administration and Administrative Support pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Evaluates curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, and use, and to ensure that school activities comply with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Observes teaching methods and examines learning materials to evaluate and standardize curricula and teaching techniques, and to determine areas where improvement is needed.
  • Counsels and provides guidance to students regarding personal, academic, vocational, or behavioral issues.
  • Collaborates with teachers to develop and maintain curriculum standards, develop mission statements, and set performance goals and objectives.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of teachers, administrators, and support staff at schools, public agencies, and institutions.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and evaluates primary and supplemental staff.
  • Confers with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems.
  • Enforces discipline and attendance rules.
  • Creates school improvement plans by using student performance data.
  • Sets educational standards and goals, and helps establish policies and procedures to carry them out.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Athletic Director — Manages and oversees a school's athletic program.
  • Elementary Principal
  • High School Principal
  • Middle School Principal
  • School Administrator
  • School Superintendent
  • Special Education Director
  • Superintendent
  • Principal
  • Vice Principal


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