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Why Pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership?

If you have a minimum of one year of professional classroom teaching experience, you are already on the path to earn the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, which will help you become a principal. Principals guide their schools and staffs in areas such as administration, crisis management and curriculum development, and build positive relationships with students, parents, faculty and the overall community.

Why Get a Master’s Degree?

The master’s degree in educational leadership positions teachers to become school principals. Principals have a lot of power to influence their schools’ staffs and students. Additionally, principals impact their schools’ neighborhoods based on their leadership and management abilities. And, they can help teachers improve their classroom instruction skills, which will ultimately help students realize greater levels of success. Research from the universities of Minnesota and Toronto indicate principals who develop strong teaching environments receive positive “grades” from their teachers and good scores from fellow principals for internal leadership success.

Gain the Skills to Lead Your School

As a principal, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of effective classroom instruction techniques because principals monitor and coach their teachers. Principals are expected to care about their schools, staffs and the entire campus. Completing the master’s degree in educational leadership prepares teachers to transition to the job of principal. Some of the graduate courses include human resource management, cultural proficiency, school finance, school law and other subjects.

Advancement Opportunities

Other reasons to get a master’s degree include a greater opportunity for promotion and the chance to be a thought leader within your industry and to demonstrate innovative learning techniques at your school. Your investment in a graduate degree will also prepare you for job interview questions that require detailed answers about your leadership and management capabilities and cultural proficiency. Pay increases and lower unemployment are among the additional strategic advantages of getting a master’s degree in educational leadership.

Learn more about the UTPB online MA in Educational Leadership program.


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