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.

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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.


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