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Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Program Description

Just the Facts

Educational Leadership and Administration, General. A program that focuses on the general principles and techniques of administering a wide variety of schools and other educational organizations and facilities, supervising educational personnel at the school or staff level, and that may prepare individuals as general administrators and supervisors.

This program is available in these options:

  • Certificate / Diploma
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree

High School Courses

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Additional Information

Although some teachers work their way up through the teaching system to become principals or assistant principals, many of the people who do this work have master's degrees in education administration.

Master's programs generally take two years to complete. You'll need a bachelor's degree in education first. In some cases, you'll also need experience teaching or in administration.

Some institutions offer shorter programs that grant certificates or diplomas in education administration. But you still need an undergraduate degree in education first.

Education administration students learn about problems, challenges and opportunities in education. They learn about leadership, students' and teachers' rights, and roles and responsibilities within the institution. They learn how to form curricula, policies and educational goals. They also learn about making decisions.

Typical courses include philosophy of education, sociology of education, history of education, educational finance, politics of education and curriculum organization.

Do you have the right stuff to become an administrator? "You have to have managerial skills, organizational skills and good interpersonal skills," says Jon Young. He is the head of an education administrational foundations and technology program.

"You have to help teachers, build a team and have a vision for the school."

High school students should take all the courses that will prepare them for a general education degree. Contact your local colleges to find out what the prerequisites are.

Communication is necessary for education administrators, so classes in English might help you. Also, administrators are often responsible for budgeting, so you may want to focus on algebra and other math.

Young says that volunteer work also helps. "We look to see what type of experiences people have," he says. "We want to see that people have worked with children in volunteer situations, if they worked at summer camps or in some similar activity."

Aside from tuition, students must pay for textbooks, which can be expensive.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more information related to this field of study, see: Education Administrators

Special Ed Connection
A site for people working in the field

University Council for Educational Administration
A consortium of research universities in Canada and the U.S.


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