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What Can You Do With A Major In Educational Leadership

The School Administrator or Principal is responsible for the management of education in schools, colleges and universities, businesses, correctional institutions, and community service organizations.  Duties may vary depending on the type, level and size of the school. The school administrator sets standards and goals, establishes policies, develop academic programs, and supervise the students' educational progress. They are also responsible for hiring teachers and staff, evaluating teachers, visiting classrooms, and observing teaching methods. They may also interact with teachers, students, and parents about educational and behavioral goals, along with the discipline and safety of the students. 

Related Career Titles 

  • Administrative Assistant 
  • Art Coordinator 
  • Assessment Coordinator 
  • Assistant Principal 
  • Athletic Coordinator 
  • Athletic Director   
  • Attendance and Discipline Vice Principal 
  • Curriculum and Instruction Assistant Superintendent 
  • Curriculum Assistant Principal 
  • Curriculum Director  

Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • Elementary schools 
  • Middle schools 
  • Secondary Schools 
  • Colleges 
  • Child daycare centers 
  • Religious organizations 
  • Job training centers 
  • Private teaching institutions

Match This Major To Careers

Magnifying Glass And Exploration


Beginning Salary Ranges

Usually start out as teachers, but progress to principal with a salary range of about $82,000 a year. From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) 

Salary Resources

Skills Needed For This Career

  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Ability to organize and coordinate
  • Creativity
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Listening skills
  • Special Education Skills
  • Persuasive skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Mathematical Abilities
  • Curriculum Development
  • Language Skills
  • Counseling Skills
  • Group Dynamics 

Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.   

American Association for Colleges of  Teacher Education  

American Association of Higher Education  

American Association of School Administrators  

American Council on Education  

American Counseling Association  

Job Search Information

Jobs in Education  


National Educators Employment Review  


Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate And Professional Schools

Link To UNF Programs

Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options