ERIC Number: EJ792957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
Ready for This Job?
Instructor, v117 n4 p42-45 Jan-Feb 2008
At some point in their career, most teachers wonder whether administration might be right for them. Some quickly reject the idea; they like what they do and don't want to be too far removed from the children. Some teachers decide not to enter administration because they don't want what they perceive as the additional stress or responsibility that comes with it. Instead, they may seek teacher leader positions that allow them to participate in decision-making within their school or district. Teachers may become department chairs, head up special projects, or serve on committees. When teachers do decide to explore the possibility of moving from the classroom to the school office, they may enroll in courses leading to an administrative certificate or degree, depending on state requirements. Every career has its positives and negatives. Like teaching, school administration is not for everybody, and simply succeeding at coursework doesn't mean the job is right. Not everyone who graduates with a teaching degree belongs in the classroom, and not everyone with an administrative certificate belongs at the helm of a school. In this article, the author discusses things to think about before a teacher makes a leap to administration.
Descriptors: School Administration, Teacher Leadership, Department Heads, Participative Decision Making, Career Change, Administrator Responsibility, Teacher Participation, Teacher Responsibility, Salaries, Decision Making
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