Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School

Career Overview

The principal is the administrative and professional leader of the school, and as such, he/she is directly responsible to the Superintendent for its successful operation. Use the search box to find the video made by Dr. Sheree!


A master’s degree in educational leadership or administration is generally required to obtain this position. In some districts, a specialist degree or doctorate may be required. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor's degree. A specialist degree may take an additional one-two years after the master’s degree, while a doctorate may take an additional two-three years after the master's degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$55,000 /yr
$91,000 /yr
$122,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

Education administrators work in all levels of schooling including elementary, secondary, and postsecondary (colleges, universities).

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada