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Benefits of a Master of Education - Principalship Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, employment of education administrators is expected to grow by about 10 percent between 2010 and 2020.

In most K-12 public, private and charter schools, principals and assistant principals may need to hold a teaching certificate along with a master’s degree in education administration or educational leadership.

More and more, principals and assistant principals are increasingly being held accountable for their schools meeting State and Federal guidelines for student performance and teacher qualifications.

In order to be considered for education administrator positions, workers must first prove themselves in their current jobs. In evaluating candidates, supervisors look for leadership, determination, confidence, initiative and motivation.  Knowledge of leadership principles and practices, gained through work experience and formal education, is important.  A familiarity with computer technology is a necessity for many of these workers as computers are used to perform their basic job duties and they are responsible for overseeing technical resources for students, teachers, and classrooms.

According to the results of the National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools, the mean (or “average”) of the salaries reported by school districts in 2012 is as follows:


Senior High School

Jr. High/Middle School

Elementary School




Assistant Principals:

Senior High School

Jr. High/Middle School

Elementary School




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James E. Tarr, Ph.D.

Acting Assistant Dean & Professor

Colleen D'Arcy, Ph.D.


College of Education Dean's Office
Gilbertson Hall, North 275
University Center, MI 48710


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