School administration: could this be your thing?
Is school administration calling your name?
Educational leadership can be an extremely rewarding career path. There are a lot of ways to lead within an educational setting. But, school administration might sound like a limited field. That’s not necessarily true. If you’re considering a career in school administration, but you’re not quite sure what the right fit is for you, consider the following options.
Ways to lead in school administration
1. School administration in higher education
You’ve most likely benefited greatly from someone with a degree in student personnel administration. So much goes into making a student’s experience positive. From resident life and student activities, to academic advising and campus ministry…the list goes on. There are so many opportunities for you to lead in a high school, college, or university.
Concordia University’s M.S. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE) program director Amber Schiessl describes the SPAHE program this way:
“The SPAHE program provides students with the skills to bring a faith-based approach to their current or future roles as administrators within any functional area of higher education. We’ve designed this program for working professionals in a way that brings higher education and leadership theory together with real life experiences immediately. Ultimately, our graduates are prepared to live out the mission of CUWAA as servant leaders who are ethical, professional, and culturally responsible.”
2. Traditional school administration or superintendent certification
Being a school administrator or a superintendent is a great way to positively influence education. School administrators get to lead within the building and also impact the surrounding community. They can cast a vision and also be a part of executing the vision. Administrations get to help shape the building’s culture and how it feels to be a part of a school. They have a significant role in making decisions for the good of all students.
If you want to increase your influence even more, you can become a superintendent. There are a lot of good reasons to become a superintendent. As the superintendent, you will be the strong leader that ensures principals and teachers have the resources to do their job. Inevitably, this means acting as a servant leader. You get to support and care for the needs of principals and teachers, so they, in turn, can focus on serving the students.
3. Become an expert problem-solver and change-maker
If you’re already in a leadership position, or you aspire to that at some point, you need to be able to solve problems. The best problem-solvers tend to be creative, innovative thinkers. If you’re working in higher education, you already know how fast the educational landscape is changing. If you’re working in a traditional school setting or a business, are you ready to embrace change?
Anyone who has had been working in an office setting and with a team this past year-and-a-half is quite familiar with the term remote work. Innovative leaders have a communication strategy that meets all employees where they are, whether they’re in the office or working remotely. This includes schools and school districts, too.
Additionally, today’s leaders need to have strong cultural competency lead all people in a meaningful way. If these challenges sound appealing to you, check out Concordia University’s EdD program.
Want to know more?
These are just a few of the possibilities available if you pursue a career in school administration. If you want more information, you can visit us here. They’re equipped to answer your questions and connect you to the information you need.
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