Educational Leadership Jobs Outlook

Careers in School Administration

Every school needs a great principal. The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership offered online through the Cato School of Education at Queens University of Charlotte can help you become one. Our program will give you the confidence, credibility and knowledge to pursue a career as a principal or assistant principal and in administrative posts related to education, empowering you to bring your school to new levels of efficiency and productivity.

Learn more about the day-to-day challenges and rewards of working as a school administrator from the perspective of a Queens alum who now works as an Assistant Principal.

The skills gained through the online master’s degree in Educational Leadership curriculum also apply to a broader range of careers within K-12 education. Some graduates have advanced to the role of facilitator. Facilitators serve as team leaders for different grade level teams, working closely with teachers and their students to gather and analyze data about teacher practices and student performance to promote the best student learning outcomes.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of elementary, middle and high school principals will grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, corresponding to an estimate of an increasing number of students in the same period. Many schools require candidates for these positions to hold a master’s degree, which can also help to instill confidence in teachers, parents and the community. The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school principals in 2014 was $89,5401.


Opportunities for Impact Beyond K-12 School Administration

While most teachers who earn a master’s in educational leadership pursue administrative roles in elementary or secondary education upon graduation, this degree may also open the door to other types of leadership opportunities related to education.

For example, graduates may wish to pursue a career in curriculum development. Students in the Educational Leadership program learn the theoretical foundations and practical models for curricular development and implementation, which combined with heightened leadership skills, makes graduates ideally suited for instructional coordinator positions. Industries with the highest levels of employment for curriculum developers include elementary and secondary schools, junior colleges, state government, and education support services.  

Your degree may also lead to career possibilities outside traditional education. For example, many non-profit organizations and advocacy groups need individuals with the skills to drive educational policy and reform through research, marketing and lobbying efforts. In these reform and advocacy positions, educational leaders influence politics at the local, state and federal levels to change education law and policy. The leadership skills that are acquired and developed over the course of the program, such as data-driven decision making and personnel development, can also translate to the business world in a variety of management, administrative, and training positions.

The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Queens is more than just a credential to list on your resume. It’s a way for you to discover and develop your leadership skills, to learn to analyze data on school performance and turn it into improvement and to acquire the administrative and business acumen you’ll need to lead a school.

Learn how to guide yourself and others toward meaningful change with the online master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Request more information or call us at 866-313-2356 to speak with an admissions advisor.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, accessed 12/27/12,