Principal (Elementary School)

What Does A Principal (Elementary School) Do?

An elementary school principal manages the entire operation of an elementary school including overseeing the teachers, staff, student learning, and the safety of the students.

How Do I Become A Principal (Elementary School)?

A master’s degree in educational leadership or administration is generally required to obtain this position. In some districts, a specialist degree or doctorate may be required. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. A specialist degree may take an additional one-two years after the master’s degree, while a doctorate may take an additional two-three years after the master’s degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

What is the Average Salary For A Principal (Elementary School)?

High – 122,000
Median – 91,000
Low – 55,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Principal (Elementary School)?

  • Science – As much as possible, including psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking

What Is The Work Environment For A Principal (Elementary School)?

High school principals work in high schools! They may have to work year-round, unlike teachers who will likely get some time off in the summer.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Principal (Elementary School)?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

References

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada