If you find yourself dreaming of an administrator’s office instead of the current classroom you share with your students, it may be time to start thinking about taking a step to a successful transition from the classroom to administration.
These are relevant job search tips for making a career change or transition from being a teacher to an assistant principal or principal, making the switch to an administrator’s role easier.
- Update Your Credentials
The school district(s) you’re targeting may require a graduate degree or certification in a specialized area such as school administration or educational leadership. If a return to college is in your future, don’t think you have to put off your dream of an administrative role until it’s complete. Many school systems offer administrative internships or will move you into the role full-time even while you’re completing your studies.
- Think Outside the Classroom
When putting together your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile, you should focus on creating a “big picture perspective” of your responsibilities and accomplishments. If possible, don’t quantify your successes regarding the classroom population only; rather, focus on the impact you’ve had on the school or district as a whole.
3 Uncover Transferable Leadership Skills And Accomplishments
This is one of the most important parts of a career change to educational leadership.
Transferable skills are strengths and areas of expertise you can use in more than one career. You can “transfer” them to different fields, thereby making you versatile and more desirable to potential schools. Even though you may not think you have the skills necessary to become an administrator – look hard enough and realize that uncovering them will be easier if you ask the right questions.
- Get Involved In Relevant Community Work
If you’re not already actively participating in the Parent-Teacher Association, school committees, and special task forces aimed at school improvement or raising student achievement, now’s the time. Your contributions will demonstrate that you are doing what it takes to support your district’s key goals and objectives. It also shows that you are willing to go above and beyond your particular role to ensure a successful learning community.
- Read and Research
Look for educational journals, magazines, and Internet websites to learn more about contemporary education’s dynamic changes. Find out who is getting recognition for creativity and innovation, learn about the programs and initiatives they’re implementing, and think about opportunities to incorporate similar changes in your school or district.