What does a school superintendent do?
School superintendents are responsible for managing all aspects of a school district and improving the quality of education. They create and implement policies and procedures, directly supervise all heads of departments, manage teachers and staff, develop educational goals and objectives, and develop and maintain budgets. They make decisions regarding pay raises, budget cuts, and hiring of new staff members. School superintendents handle difficult issues such as complaints related to the behavior of students, teachers, and staff members. They also handle renovations, projects, and school schedules. School superintendents often act as representatives for the media at school related events.
What kind of training does a school superintendent need?
School superintendents typically need at least a master degree in education, school administration, or other related field. Many have a doctorate degree and extensive experience in the education field. School superintendents must have a solid understanding of the principles of business management and the implementation of educational policy. They typically have to prove their abilities to a governing board of trustees for a school district. Most school superintendents begin their careers as teachers, principals, or school administrators and advance to higher-level positions after gaining the essential skills and experience. Many school superintendents have a superintendent professionals certificate. School superintendents must complete continuing education to keep their skills up to date and stay abreast on the current trends in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a school superintendent?
Employment of school superintendents is expected to experience little to no change from 2008 to 2018 (1).
Job prospects are expected to be fair with strong competition due to the prestige and high salaries associated with this position. Individuals with advanced education and extensive related experience will have the best job opportunities. Some job openings will arise from the need to replace school superintendents that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do school superintendents make?
As of January 2010, the middle 50% of school superintendents earn annual salaries between $113,606 and $167,812. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $193,983 (2).
A career as a school superintendent is an excellent choice for individuals with extensive experience in education and the desire to perform a variety of tasks to ensure excellent education and overall productivity of a school district. School superintendents must ensure meaningful learning experiences that enable all students to reach their maximum potential and achievement. Determination, dedication, careful reasoning skills, excellent leadership ability, good problem solving skills, and effective decision-making abilities are necessary characteristics. School superintendents must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be comfortable working with a variety of students, teachers, and members of the community.