Do you have what it takes to be an administrator of a lower elementary school? Are you capable of supervising numerous employees? Do you think you can efficiently manage a large group of students in order to maximize the level of education they receive? If you answered yes to each of these questions, then maybe it’s time for you to think about becoming an early childhood education administrator. As a school administrator, you will be responsible for directing and supervising the education and teaching programs for your specific school.
You will likely spend much of your time fully developing the school’s curriculum, staffing the school with teachers who are an appropriate fit and who have the necessary credentials, ensuring that the school’s atmosphere is conducive to learning, and reviewing the performance of all faculty members. It is important to understand that it is most common for school administrators to have extensive experience as a classroom teacher before they will be eligible to apply for a position as an administrator.
In order to be able to seek employment as a school administrator you must have completed a minimum of a master’s level degree. Therefore, before you can begin working on your master’s degree program you need to have completed your undergraduate degree in an education related area. In a master’s degree program you will learn about how to assess students, how to manage the budget for a school, how to manage teachers and staff, how to develop appropriate academic programs, and how to set standards for students.
Your coursework will also be designed to teach you about how to handle public relations campaigns and marketing, how to train new teachers, how to facilitate parent and student services, and how to manage the necessary record keeping. It is important to understand that while a large portion of your curriculum is educational based, you will also be required to complete a fair amount of business related courses. You can expect to be required to complete courses like: finance in education, early education assessment, allocating funds, management, ethics, teacher training and motivation, school program administration, human resources management, and administrative systems. Feel free to take a few minutes and check out any of the schools on the site that interest you. Any of them will be glad to send you a free information packet that details the educational offerings they have for you.
With your formal training in early childhood education administration, it will also be possible for you to seek employment as a school administrator in an elementary setting.