Careers for Professionals with a Master's Degree in Educational Administration
Graduates with a master's degree in educational administration can work at colleges and universities, public schools and educational agencies in a variety of administrative and supervisory positions. Certification and licensure may be required for some positions and requirements may differ from state to state.
Public School Principal
School principals are responsible for the proper administration of public and private schools. They are responsible for scheduling student classes and disciplining students. A school principal orders textbooks and school supplies, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). They often counsel students on matters affecting the student's personal, vocational and social life. Principals help develop new school curricula, assess programs, evaluate teachers and provide support to the community.
A master's degree is typically required to become a school principal. The BLS reported that elementary, middle and high school principals could expect about average 6% growth in jobs from 2014-2024, with growth tempered by budgetary constraints. Elementary and secondary school education administrators (including principals) earned a median yearly salary of $89,540 as of May 2014.
An instructional coordinator assesses the quality of curriculum, textbooks, training materials and teacher proficiencies in public and private schools. Instructional coordinators make use of modern technology and find ways to incorporate it into the classroom. Many instructional coordinators work year round. Some travel a great deal between schools, meeting with teachers and administrators.
A master's degree is usually required for this position, according to the BLS. Work experience in an educational administrative position can be beneficial to an instructional coordinator. Instructional coordinator positions were predicted to increase 7% from 2014-2024, according to the BLS, which was about average growth. These professionals made a median annual wage of $61,550 in May 2014.