This is not an easy question to answer. Whether you’re a classroom teacher or a veteran administrator, there is a point in your career where you have to make a decision about your career path. These days there are so many ways to be an impactful educator and take your career — and income — to the next level. Here are some of the most popular paths to take, what the role is really like, and what it takes to make this your next stop in education.
The school bell rings and students are busy filing in their classrooms. As they take their seats, they are ready to begin a new day and learn new lessons – from you – their teacher. However, as you begin to instruct these future leaders, have you ever thought, “What’s the next step for me?” “What does my future in education look like?”
Career Paths for the Classroom Teacher
In SEEN’s most recent Fall/Winter 2018 edition, the perspectives of two principals – at different stages in their careers – shed light on the role as it exists today. One common thred cited by both principals: community and communication. Both principals felt that the need to communicate – and how you communicate to your staff and community — was vital in being successful in this role. The ways to communicate today are far beyond notes home, press releases to local media, and your PTA meeting. These days you must also have a heavy digital and social media presence to reach parents, teachers, and community leaders. You have to develop a brand for your school as principal and with this you’re sure to go far.
Make sure you have the leadership and communication skills needed when you step into this job because you are the school leader from top to bottom. Also – just in case you were wondering — a master’s degree in education administration and years of educational experience is required.
From a principalship position, many may decide to go further up the education hierarchy and pursue roles in education administration. The roles are not necessarily superintendent roles — which most people naturally assume — but these are impactful opportunities that extend far beyond your county and state. Here are some ideas for those looking to go into education administration or even transition out education administration.
Career Paths for the Administrator:
The skill set of an educator provides so many other great career opportunities this article hasn’t even begun to touch upon. The skills utilized daily in front of the class not only helps you propel students forward but can also propel your own career or second career in education. The important takeaways found in any of the opportunities above is: a passion for continued learning and a desire to make a difference. With those two characteristics alone, the sky is the limit to what you can do in your education career.
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