Principal

School principals who are sometimes called “education administrators” are at the head of the school in which they work. They are in charge of making sure that the everyday functioning of the school runs smoothly and with that they have a wide variety of responsibilities. They provide leadership in both setting and maintaining academic standards and they also make decisions about new programs manage and evaluate the staff and faculty track the progress of the students confer with parents when necessary and oversee the school’s budget including the distribution of supplies and teaching materials. Overall they work to ensure that the school maintains its accreditation by meeting local state and national standards. School principles must have strong leadership and supervisory skills. They must have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well because they not only supervise faculty members but also collaborate with them to create a positive academic tone that will make it possible for the school to achieve its goals. In addition principals communicate with other administrators and with organizations in the surrounding community. Most school principals have at least a master’s degree in educational administration or educational leadership but some principals have earned doctoral degrees. The website www.degreefinders.com says that most states require school principals to be licensed as school administrators which usually calls for master’s degree or other graduate level education. To maintain licensure school administrators must take regular continuing education courses. However most school principals start their careers as teachers after which they spend time as assistant principals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary is approximately $82300 for high school principals $78200 for middle school principals and approximately $74000 for elementary school principals.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $78000
High Salary: $82000
Low Salary: $74000
Tasks: Handles the daily functions of a school.
Sets and maintains academic standards.
Manages school staff and faculty.
Ensures a learning environment.
Also Called: Senior High School Principal
Middle School Principal
Elementary School Principal
Education Administrator
Additional Resources: http://www.elearnportal.com/student-center/do-you-have-what-it-takes-to-be-a-school-principal
http://www.degreefinders.com/education-articles/careers/how-to-become-a-school-principal.html
http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-become-a-school-principal.htm