What Can You Do With a Masters in Educational Administration?

Aug 17, 2018

A master's degree program in educational administration prepares graduates for careers as school administrators and effective leaders in curriculum planning, services implementation, and community service. Learn more about career options in this article.

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  • 0:03 Careers with this Degree
  • 1:01 School Principal
  • 2:05 Instructional Coordinator

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Careers with this Degree

Here we discuss some of the places an individual with a master's degree in educational administration can work and explore a couple of career options in depth, including job outlook and salary. Graduates with a master's degree in educational administration can work at colleges and universities, public schools, private 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.

These programs prepare students for effective leadership in their schools by teaching various leadership and management techniques and skills, as well as important laws, research, and instructional strategies in education. A couple common careers for those with a master's degree in educational administration include principals and instructional coordinators.

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
  • 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 $92,510 as of May 2016.

Instructional Coordinator

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 $62,460 in May 2016.

Graduates with a master's degree in educational administration can work in a wide range of educational settings. They may work as a school principal or instructional coordinator, both of which are expected to have positive job growth.

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