Despite what some cynics believe, most people go into teaching because they love working with students and helping them grow. But teachers can also become dissatisfied with their work, not because they have lost their passion for teaching but because they feel they do not have enough input into policy and curriculum.
For those instructors looking to become more involved in the inner workings of their school, an online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership may be the answer. With an MA in Educational Leadership, jobs that have a strong influence on policy become open to teachers, giving them more of a voice in their institution or district.
Administrative jobs open up with a master’s in educational leadership
Master’s degrees in educational leadership are usually available as Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees with an emphasis in educational leadership. Master of Science and Master of Arts programs may also have more specific concentrations like English as a Second Language (ESL).
Jobs in the administrative areas of the educational field open up because an MA in Educational Leadership typically requires classes in teacher leadership and development, effective methods of instruction, school improvement, education law and regulations, public school finance and curriculum-building. Graduates may become principals, assistant principals, instructional coordinators, or district administrators.
A master’s in educational leadership does not have to mean administrative duties
The career path for teachers who complete a master’s in educational leadership does not require they go into an administrative position. Although that option is the more popular one, teachers can also go into areas that have an effect on policy, yet do not require administrative duties. Those with an MA in Educational Leadership may serve as local union heads, trainers for bilingual educators, or evaluators for potential programs that could enrich a school’s curriculum.
For teachers who are looking to continue their education while still teaching, an online MA in Educational Leadership may be the best way to not only improve their teaching credentials, but to have an impact on their school or district’s policies as well. With an MA in Educational Leadership, the job options not only expand for teachers, but the degree also enables them to have access to the upper levels of school management.
Learn more about the UTPB online MA in Educational Leadership program.
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