Re: Do I need teaching experience?
    Posted by: sped on 10/16/15
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    This varies by state. I know Illinois recently required
    that Principals must have teaching experience to enter an
    admin program. Other ed professionals could serve as a
    sped administrator, but not as a building principal.

    In other states, they allow any educational professional
    with a few years of experience to become an admin. These
    professionals can be counselors, speech/language paths,
    educational psychs, or social workers, in addition to
    teachers. You might look into these other professions if
    you want to work in education but not teach.

    I'm not aware of any state that allows someone to come off
    the street, with no teaching or related professional
    experience, to become a licensed educational admin, but I
    suppose there could be some inner-city program in very hard
    to staff districts that might have an administrative
    equivalent of Teach For America. Even then, they would
    probably be looking for someone with proven leadership
    ability in another field.

    On 10/15/15, Gaby wrote:
    > I'm in college and looking to become a school
    > administrator
    > (specifically, a high school principal). Based on some
    > preliminary web
    > searching, it looks like the standard route into school
    > administration is:
    > bachelor's degree -> teaching licensure -> teaching
    > experience ->
    > master's in school administration -> administration
    > licensure. However,
    > I've done extensive teaching in the past few years,
    > and though I want
    > to engage closely with students and teachers in my
    > career, I'm not so
    > keen on day-to-day teaching. Is there a way for me to
    > become a school
    > admin without having to work as a teacher for several
    > years? Could I
    > start working as a low-level admin out of college or
    > grad school and
    > then work my way up?
    > Thanks!

    Posts on this thread, including this one

  • Do I need teaching experience?, 10/15/15, by Gaby.
  • Re: Do I need teaching experience?, 10/15/15, by sdt.
  • Re: Do I need teaching experience?, 10/16/15, by elsiev.
  • Re: Do I need teaching experience?, 10/16/15, by sped.
  • Re: Do I need teaching experience?, 10/16/15, by Arlo.