What Will You Learn in a Supervision, Administration, and Curriculum Program?
Earning a master’s degree in supervision, administration, and curriculum is one of the best possible career-improving steps a professional educator can undertake. A master’s in curriculum and instruction will generally teach educators how to design, deliver, and assess lessons, units, and programs. Students can further knowledge about educational research methods, teacher evaluations, higher education philosophies, and legal issues at schools.
The curriculum and instruction aspects assist students in developing an understanding of the administrator’s role in overseeing academic curriculum development and instruction. Emphasis is placed on making sure curriculum aligns to new state standards. Being well versed in curriculum allows for an administrator to give meaningful feedback to all teachers as they create new curriculum for their classes.
Furthermore, students learn about government education standards and methods for assessing academic achievement. Attention is given to state and federal reports and allows for understanding of how to assess the data and evaluate the reports that are provided. These are useful skills regardless of whether an educator decides to remain in the classroom or pursue school administration.
This program forces teachers to examine their own pedagogy, philosophy, and assessments and compare their lessons against those of educational leaders and 21st-century learning initiatives. An advanced degree program from an accredited university will also focus on social justice issues, state and national standards affecting curriculum, and other pressing issues. Becoming knowledgeable about a wide range of topics and pedagogy is crucial.
Advantages of a Supervision, Administration, and Curriculum Degree
There are so many advantages to enrolling in a master’s degree program in supervision, administration, and curriculum. Too many of the master’s degree programs that are offered limit the candidate to the type of administrative position that a student will be qualified for upon graduation. A focus on a specific subject matter or only curriculum limits the candidate to a position as a content supervisor or perhaps an assistant superintendent. A master’s in business administration only opens the door to becoming a business administrator.
By focusing on various aspects of administration, the successful graduate will be well rounded and qualified for any administrative position that opens up. Whether the graduate wants to pursue building administration or central office administration, their knowledge will allow them to pursue various aspects. This degree is coveted by school districts as they look for transformational educational leaders that can assist with the running of a school district in various capacities. In addition, the professional connections that can be made in classes will assist educators find their first administrative position and allow for a peer network to develop.
By completing a master’s in supervision, administration, and curriculum, a teacher can see a significant increase in salary. If the teacher chooses to stay in the classroom, their salary can grow on average from $1,000-$10,000 a year. This is substantial when we consider the impact that has on the pension. It could amount to $500-$5,000 for every year the teacher is retired.
If the graduate decides to pursue administration, their salary could substantially grow within the first year. According to the New Jersey Department of Education (2020), the average teacher salary in N.J. is $68,650, while the average vice principal in N.J. makes $97,135.
Personally, earning my master’s degree changed my life. I decided in 2002 that I need to evolve as a professional and made the wise decision to enroll in GCU’s master’s program. I did not know if I wanted to pursue administration, but I did know that I wanted to increase my understanding of teaching and learning. Once enrolled at GCU, I found that I had caring and knowledgeable professors and made some lifelong friends in my classes. The lessons I learned proved to be invaluable. Furthering my ability to reach students with varied learning styles and being able to create better curriculum and assessments made me a significantly better instructor. I graduated from the program four years later in May of 2006. On June 23rd, approximately one month after graduating, I obtained my first administrative job. My teaching salary was $40,000 at the time and I knew from the interviews that in two months my income was going to jump to $86,000.
I quickly found that my all-encompassing master’s degree had prepared me for most of the situations I would encounter. I was able to work with teachers in every department when curriculum needed to be written, conduct observations and other supervisory responsibilities, and write and edit policy with my superintendent. Only two years later, I was offered my first principal position in another district. Today, I have served as a principal for 12 years and my salary is close to $160,000. Not only is this a considerable salary now, but my pension will be significantly higher when I retire allowing me financial freedom for the rest of my life. Furthermore, this year, I was named the Burlington County Secondary School Visionary Leader. None of this would have been possible if I did not take a chance, invest in myself, and enroll in the supervision, administration, and curriculum program at Georgian Court University.
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