Direct. Inspire. Use your expertise to make a difference as a principal or assistant principal of an elementary or secondary school.

The online Master of School Administration degree supplies the knowledge and credentials needed to work as a principal or assistant principal.

Have a master’s degree, but aren’t quite ready to commit to a doctoral program? Many of our students use the online Graduate Certificate in School Leadership to further advance their careers.

What Does a Career as an Elementary or Secondary School Administrator Look Like?

Elementary or secondary school administrators, often working under the title of principal or assistant principal, are instrumental in providing superior educational opportunities and safe environments for children. Plan, direct or coordinate the academic, administrative or extracurricular activities of public or private elementary or secondary schools.

School administrators of this level typically:

  • Evaluate curricula, teaching methods and programs to determine their effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Ensure school activities comply with regulations.
  • Observe teaching methods and examine learning materials to evaluate and standardize curricula and teaching techniques.
  • Counsel students regarding personal, academic, vocational or behavioral issues.
  • Collaborate with teachers to develop and maintain curriculum standards, goals and objectives.
  • Direct activities of teachers, administrators and support staff.
  • Create environments or climates conducive to learning and teaching.
  • Set high expectations for student achievement and growth.

Elementary or Secondary School Administrator Career Salary and Forecast

Professionals working in North Carolina as school principals earn a median salary of $77,211 (as of 2018).

The average salary in North Carolina as Elementary or Secondary School Administrator is $77,211 (as of 2018). this average salary is above the living wage for North Carolina

Job opportunities for North Carolina school administrators are growing at a rate of 8.7% per year. This job growth rate is higher than the national labor market average of 7.4%.

The number of people employed in this field is expected to grow over the next 10 years.

What Education is Required to Work as an Elementary or Secondary School Administrator?

Over 40% of the professionals currently working as principals or assistant principals have a master’s degree, and approximately 10% have a doctoral degree.

Associates Degree: 0.3% Bachelor's Degree: 74.2%
								Master's Degree: 41.2% Doctoral Degree: 9.6%

Elementary or Secondary School Administrator Job Opportunities

Job titles in this industry vary by employer. Graduates of this degree program find employment working as the following:

  • Elementary or Secondary School Administrator
  • School Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • School Superintendent
  • Vice Principal
  • Middle School Principal
  • High School Principal
  • Elementary School Principal
  • School Department Chair

Graduates may also find management jobs at the district level. School administrators are in demand. Explore job opportunities here.

Ready to Get Started?

Passionate about education? Apply now to get the education required to work as an elementary or secondary school administrator.

Data sourced from Burning Glass Program Insight and: 
Burning Glass Technologies. 2018.