Education administrators who specialize in elementary and secondary school environments typically work long hours during the school year. Administrators, such as the principal and vice principal, are typically onsite in a building several hours before the school day begins, as well as several hours after the final bell rings. Administrators work year-round to set their schools on a path to success, but are usually able to reduce the amount of hours they work when school is not in session during the summer.
Education administrators are responsible for holding teaching staff accountable to lesson plans and approving syllabi for the academic year. Administrators enforce a student code of conduct, and they often interact with students and parents directly, especially related to disciplinary violations. Administrators are responsible for maintaining a safe school environment and monitoring the student body during lunches, assemblies, school-sponsored events, and field trips.
In addition to the focus on daily education, administrators are also responsible for meeting district enrollment standards, producing and staying within annual budgets, making hiring recommendations, ensuring that substitute teacher coverage is in place, and mentoring students and teachers within the building.
Education administrators typically have a master's degree in education, educational leadership, or a related field, but requirements vary by district and type of school. Prior experience working in a leadership or administrative capacity is usually required as well. Education administrators are also required to have proper licensing for the state in which they work.
Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School Tasks
Ensure compliance with all laws, implement safety regulations, and establish behavioral standards for students.
Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate school staff for a school or program.
Secure adequate funding for school or program by submitting budget requests, apply for grants or other supplemental funding.
Oversee the administration, curriculum, services, and resources at a school or of a specific program offered by the school.
Communicate school or program goals, vision, and needs to teachers, parents, the community, and school board.