ERIC Number: ED459515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Principal Certified Personnel: Do They Want the Job?
Winter, Paul A.; Rinehart, James S.; Munoz, Marco A.
America's public schools are facing a growing problem as the applicant pools for principal vacancies diminish. The purpose of this study was to assess principal certified personnel in a large school district to determine if they were interested in working in other capacities including their current jobs. A total of 251 persons were sent a mailed survey, and 194 (77.3 percent) responded. Participants received two questionnaires: one inquiring into background, current and expected job satisfaction, reasons for earning principal certification, among other topics, and the second involving job evaluation. Responses were analyzed statistically. Results suggest that a large proportion of the sample were approaching retirement and not actively pursuing the job of principal. An important reason for earning principal certification included expanding career options and assuming a greater leadership role in the district. The most significant barrier to pursuing a job as principal was satisfaction with the current job. Practical implications from this study include investing more resources in external recruitment, increasing efforts to recruit principals internally, investing more financial and human resources in recruiting principals from outside the district, and restructuring the job of principal to make it more attractive. (Contains 31 references and 5 tables of statistics.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Cincinnati, OH, November 2-4, 2001).