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Educational Leadership Career Overview

There is a need for qualified leaders who have in-depth knowledge of business and school policy and a vision for how we can create highly effective classroom environments for students. Educational administration opportunities involve managing the operations of schools and districts, focusing on results-oriented instruction and oversight of all program areas. The Educational Leadership Graduate Certificate could prepare you to take advantage of educational leadership careers.

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Professional Responsibilities


When you earn an Educational Leadership Graduate Certificate, you can be prepared for a fulfilling career in K-12 educational administration. Your professional responsibilities could include:

  • Managing and coordinating teachers, staff and resources to create a thriving learning environment
  • Developing strategic methods of instruction grounded in the fundamentals of educational theory
  • Designing, implementing and assessing training for individuals and groups
  • Assessing community and personal needs to provide quality standards for service
  • Evaluating educational technology opportunities to propose new media learning solutions

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Career Options


DeVry University graduates with this graduate certificate will be prepared for educational leadership careers such as:

  • Assistant Principals, who aid the principal in the overall educational administration of the school, including developing new curricula, evaluating teachers, and handling school-community relations. They oversee student discipline, social and recreational programs, and matters of health and safety.
  • Principals, who set the academic tone and work actively with teachers to develop and maintain high curriculum standards, formulate mission statements and establish performance goals and objectives. They visit classrooms, observe teaching methods, review instructional objectives and examine learning materials.
  • School District Administrators, who oversee public schools under their jurisdiction and direct subject-area programs. They supervise instructional coordinators and curriculum specialists and work with them to evaluate curricula and teaching techniques as well as to develop programs and strategies to improve them.
  • School Superintendents, who direct and coordinate the programs and finances of a school or district, working with and for a board. They address community and parent groups to enlist their support and may supervise examining, appointing, training and promoting teaching personnel.

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1The majority of U.S. states require school principals to have a school administrator license. To be eligible for licensure, most states require applicants to hold graduate degrees. Candidates are often required to sit for a state-licensing exam and may be required to complete on-the-job training under the supervision of a mentor. Principals or headmasters employed by private schools are not required to obtain state licensure.