How To Become A School Principal [Infographic]

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By Kristin Marino


There are few dull moments for school principals. From training teachers to having heart-to-heart talks with troubled students, principals are the people who keep schools running smoothly on a daily basis. Being the principal of a school is not a 9-to-3 job with summers off, however. These professionals work after hours, weekends and during the summer. They may also be expected to keep pace with the changing nature of education in our country through continuing education, conventions and more.

Even though some school districts are facing budgetary restraints, national job growth of school principals is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. This growth is due to increases in enrollment, but growth will vary according to region. It is projected that there will be approximately 259,300 school principals in the U.S. by 2020. Find out more about working in the educational field as a school principal in our infographic.

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John Perry

I have a friend of many years who was a 7th grade math and science teacher for over 30 years.

I asked him the same question.

His response was," develop a Teaching Program or method and get government funding for it. It doesn't matter if it's a good Program or method, just the government money was a guaranteed Vice Principle job."

November 06 2012 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
klasakt

Geez ... hard work? My husband is on the road over 300 days a year working 24/7 ... since he sleeps at work ... and he made half that salary. No medical insurance, no paid vacations, no sick days, etc. He is an instructor with this job as well ... superb reviews from students. He is also educated. But no one wanted to hire someone over 55 when his last job went belly up. Maybe he should be a principal of a school. At least he would be home and have all the perks to go with the "hard work" he will be subjected to.

November 06 2012 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
taydatay

Becoming a school Principal typically requires far more of practicing teachers than graduate degrees. In my experience, the teacher needs to assume leadership roles or initiatives for program development in the broader school or district environment in order to build a comprehensive resume of practical skills outside the classroom. Educational leadership of adults is not just good management: it takes a visionary leader who inspires and supports the need for change and the resources (both human and otherwise) to attain it.

November 06 2012 at 12:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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sugarcreekchile

My niece, who just turned 29 and will soon complete her doctorate, started her 1st year as a principal this fall. You're correct, just having degrees won't get you there. She was very successful in using an innovative program when teaching and the administrators had her instruct other teachers in their district on how to use the program. She taught for 5 years and was an assistant principal for 2. When she applied to be a principal in a neighboring district that paid better than hers, she was quickly hired, not for her degrees but for the things you mentioned.

November 06 2012 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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