Are you a teacher considering pursuing a master’s degree in education?
Though the employment outlook for teachers is bright, a graduate education degree can be key to opening up a whole new array of career opportunities. If you’re an education professional who is seeking to contribute to the field of education outside the classroom, our Master of Arts in Education — Administrator Leadership at Holy Family College may be the perfect graduate education program for you.
This graduate degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of what it means to be a leader in the field of education. As a graduate of this program, you’ll be well-prepared to make a significant impact on the field in whichever school or school district you choose to work.
The core curriculum for the Administrator Leadership Program includes courses on human resources, leadership and school-community relations. In addition to the master’s degree, the program leads to Wisconsin certification in the areas of Principalship, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education, and Pupil Services and/or School Business Administrator. No matter which route you choose, you’ll have a wide array of professional opportunities to choose from!
Read on for descriptions of four popular career choices for graduates of HFC's respected Administrator Leadership Program.
1. As a school principal, you can inspire teachers and students through your decisive leadership.
School principals oversee all operations of the school in which they work. Their tasks include managing school activities and class schedules, counseling students, meeting with parents, assessing student achievement and organizing professional development opportunities for school staff.
This career has good earning potential as well: The median annual wage for school principals is about $95,000.
In addition to making sure that operations are running smoothly, school principals are instrumental in fostering a positive, motivated environment by inspiring the staff and students of the school in which they work. With this in mind, the Principal area of certification within HFC’s Administrator Leadership Program provides a course on Learner-Centered Instructional Leadership. This course, combined with a requisite Practicum, will help provide aspiring school principals with the soft skills and experience they need to create an inclusive and productive school environment.
2. Innovate educational methodology as a curriculum director.
The role of a curriculum director, also known as an instructional coordinator or director of instruction, is to develop and implement school curricula. Curriculum directors also observe, train and mentor teachers to improve their teaching skills and evaluate the effectiveness of new curricula and methodology.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the median annual wage of an instructional coordinator as about $65k; however, experienced instructional coordinators can make up to $100k a year!
HFC’s Director of Instruction area of certification includes courses in Advanced Program Planning, and Administration of Curriculum and Instruction to help prepare you for this role.
3. Ensure a school’s financial future and success as a business director.
Do you have strong organizational skills, a passion for education and a knack for crunching numbers? You might be best suited for a career as a business director at an elementary, secondary or post-secondary school. In this position, you’ll oversee financial operations and manage school resources. You also might be involved in human resources, such as hiring new staff.
HFC’s School Business Administrator area of certification has a strong financial focus — including courses on Financial Management and Financing Educational Programs. After completing these courses, you’ll be well-equipped to undertake the significant responsibilities that come with the role of business director.
Education administration, a category that encompasses business directors, is a well-paying field, with a median salary of nearly $95,000 per year.
4. As a director of special education, you can use your specialized knowledge to make a difference in the lives of students with disabilities.
A director of special education, though sometimes employed by individual schools, are most often employed at the district level. In addition to assessing and reporting on the needs of special education programs, their responsibilities include supporting special education teachers through counseling and training.
At HFC, courses in this area of certification include Administration and Supervision of Special Education and Pupil Services – Theory and Practice, which will help provide you with the skills you need to make educational facilities more well-suited to students with disabilities.
According to Payscale, the median annual salary for a director of special education is about $72,000.
HFC’s Strategic Partnerships make it easy and cost-effective to take your career to the next level.
If you’re currently working at a school in one of the school districts that HFC partners with, you (and your spouse!) are eligible for the benefits available through our Strategic Partnerships Program.
These perks include a 30-50 percent tuition discount, individual personalized support and the opportunity to take the first class of the program for free.
Join a community of educators at HFC!
“Our programs are delivered via a learning communities/cohort approach with emphasis on real-world application, reflection, empowerment and change. While theory is important, application is always the goal. We believe knowledge is of no use unless it is put into practice. Developing the capacity to engage thoughtfully in authentic problem-solving is a part of every class meeting. Students learn as much from each other as they do from their facilitators.”
—Dr. Michael Dunlap, Dean of the School of Education
The Master of Arts in Education — Administrator Leadership Program at Holy Family College is designed to provide a flexible, practitioner-friendly program based on best practices and current needs of administrators in today’s schools.
The Administrator Leadership Program is delivered through an accelerated cohort learning community model. Students meet during four semesters, including two summers and one weekend per month during the school year on the main campus of Holy Family College and other locations in Wisconsin. Current locations include:
- Chippewa Falls
If you’re intrigued by any of the above opportunities and are considering taking the next step in your career, we encourage you to request more information or apply online today. Our faculty and staff at HFC are excited to help you gain the skills you need to make an impact on the field of education.