Education is an essential and powerful tool for social change. Teachers have the ability to positively affect their students for years to come. They can help improve prospects for the local community and fuel the dreams and goals of a whole generation. However, in some ways, classroom teachers are limited in their scope — in ways that school administrators and management are not.
Those seeking to be on the forefront of educational reform and improvement need to climb the career ladder to positions of authority where their proposals and initiatives will have real impact.
The first step in shaping a career outside of the classroom and into educational leadership is to upgrade your credentials by completing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership.
Graduates of this intensive and comprehensive program may find themselves working in a range of administrative roles:
- School Principal.
- Superintendent or District Administrator.
- Dean of Students/Faculty.
Let’s take a look at these positions in more detail:
School Principals have a multi-faceted and complex job. They are responsible for the welfare and educational achievements of all students, ensuring that students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and providing a bridge between parents and teachers. They also serve as management to faculty and are responsible for training, salary and performance reviews, and the general running of the school. Forbes listed the characteristics of great principals and highlighted a willingness to close the gap between potential and achievement, and a commitment to inclusion.
At the individual school level, the role of principal is the highest an educator can attain and remains the ultimate career goal for many teachers.
Superintendent or District Administrator
Superintendents or district administrators are in charge of a number of schools in a district. They liaise with school principals and staff, ensuring policies and procedures are followed, targets are met, and government directives or initiatives are properly implemented. This position requires excellent communication skills to properly present ideas to a variety of different groups, sometimes including the media.
Dean of Students/Faculty
If your career aspirations skew toward older students then the position of dean of students or faculty at a college or university may be your dream job. The dean of students handles all student affairs, including overseeing academic considerations, ensuring targets are met, and providing pastoral care. The dean of faculty is responsible for staff hiring, training and administrative tasks, such as overseeing the budget and writing and implementing a range of policies.
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership introduces students to the concepts and scope of American school law and teaches them how to apply it in real-world school settings and scenarios. The program encourages professionals to study the latest educational research to inform their school and staff planning and encourage maximum student engagement. Courses also cover HR best practices and guidelines to ensure future managers are effective motivators.
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is particularly beneficial to those serious about taking their career to the next level, as it also includes preparation to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), which is required prior to graduation. Another cornerstone of this program is the internship, with mentorship offered under the supervision of a local school district administrator — an invaluable insight into the realities of a career in educational leadership and school administration.
An M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program like the one offered by LSU Shreveport prepares students for a career in a range of management and administrative education positions. Prospective graduates learn dynamic leadership skills that allow them to communicate effectively with teachers, parents and students to become better partners in learning and advance the standard of education for all.
Learn more about the LSUS online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program.
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