What is a Master’s in Educational Leadership/Principalship?
A master’s in educational leadership/principalship is a degree that allows prospective students to gain insights on the various angles of being a principal. These angles include: interactions with stakeholders (community members, parents, other educators, and business leaders), interactions with students and staff, building safety and security, legal foundation, and curriculum and testing.
The general goals of Park University’s master’s in educational leadership/principalship degree focuses on organization, preparing potential principals for diverse educational institutions, understanding and applying new educational theories, and providing practicum experiences.
The purpose of Park University’s master’s in educational leadership/principalship is to grow teachers into building leaders through their online cohort program. Not only does Park’s online program give students flexibility to enhance skills through coursework and interactions, but also the flexibility provides students the opportunity to gain experience while maintaining their classrooms.
What You’ll Learn in an Educational Leadership/Principalship Program
The skills one will learn and develop through Park University’s master of education degree include: interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills, problem solving, budgeting, and technical skills.
Effective communication includes both interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. The interpersonal skills are gained through conversations with classmates, each course’s professors through an online format, and practicum experiences that are held with their building principal. While conversing on an online format, students sharpen their writing skills as all communication (posts, papers, projects, etc.) is written in APA format. In each online post (per class) students are encouraged to write one post and respond to several of their classmates’ posts. This helps build each student’s communication skills while also broadening each student’s perspective on the subject matter.
The intrapersonal skills are gained through reflections on written assignments. Students are tasked with researching, organizing, and writing their thoughts in their online classrooms. Students are encouraged to analyze situations and how they would respond. Doing activities such as these allows each student to assess how they would respond and communicate in each situation. Giving students these experiences allows the students to think about why their principal acts the way he or she does. Furthermore, the experiences allow the students to assess the pros and cons of how to act or react in various ways.
Exposing students to various real life situations that principals experience also allows students to problem solve and develop an analytical approach to their future practices. Combining entry level law theories and concepts aids the students in keeping in mind the requirements from local, state, and federal regulations.
Balancing a school’s budget or being mindful of expenditures and how to raise money is a must for school leadership. Through the direct field experience, students gain firsthand knowledge and build upon how building administrators view their building’s budgets. These experiences also allows students to build up their technical skills.
These technical skills include: how to approach risk management situations, how to motivate their team, how to build relationships with students, and how to delegate tasks. These skills help students determine how to approach students and staff as well as how to prioritize situations and tasks.
Advantages of an Educational Leadership/Principalship Degree
The advantages of earning an advanced degree like a master’s in educational leadership/principalship are numerous. These advantages include: moving into the next bracket in the pay scale, having a competitive advantage in the job market, promotability, and teaching in the college ranks.
The first noticeable advantage of earning an advanced degree is moving over on the pay scale. This advantage is reflected in an increase in pay without having to teach for an extended amount of time.
Having an advanced degree helps with professional growth. Becoming more knowledgeable about various situations, legality of the situations and potential reactions to the situations, and cutting-edge teaching theories help grow the student into a well-rounded leader. Not only does a master of educational leadership help the prospective teacher become a leader, but being exposed to the classes that the degree requires also helps them become a more effective teacher through course work and discussions with colleagues and professors.
Earning a master’s degree in educational leadership/principalship will allow the student to seek jobs such as a principal, college professor, district level positions, and working in elite districts. Having an advanced degree also allows the student to seek opportunities in the corporate field as corporate trainers.
Ready to advance your career in the field of educational leadership? Check out our M.Ed. Educational Leadership/Principalship program and enroll today!