Building a stronger foundation for learning
Those who are working as educators understand the importance of both strong leadership in the school and a solid foundation of great curricula. The key to successful curriculum development is building upon previous models to create something even better. Educators who pursue an educational leadership master's degree can develop the ability to view educational policy issues from a higher level of thinking. They also may be setting the course for a higher career level as well. By pursuing a higher-level degree you may be able to procure both a higher salary and higher level of respect within your school system.
Making a difference on a different level
Teaching in a classroom absolutely makes a difference in the lives of your students. There are few jobs available that touch so many lives, but you could look at it another way. By moving forward into the world of curriculum development, you could be making decisions that will have an impact on students in your entire district. Beyond that, by serving on curriculum committees and similar groups, you can influence student learning statewide or even on a national level.
Leadership that begins in the classroom
Many school districts already know that change coming from the top down does not always succeed. On the other hand, when teachers start in the classroom, and the change comes from the bottom up, the buy-in from other staff is often stronger, and there is a greater chance for success. As a classroom teacher returning to earn an educational leadership master's degree, you will already have the classroom experience when you finish to understand how to create effective change in your school district. This foundation will assist you in making the tough decisions you will encounter in a leadership role.
Implementing curriculum changes
Curriculum development in a vacuum is one thing, but actually implementing it is an entirely different process. Those who seek out a master's degree in educational leadership learn about the actual process of implementation instead of just theory. They can then apply this practical knowledge directly in the field after graduation. With requirement changes resulting from national and state-level decisions, local schools must keep up with the changes. Leading your district through action instead of theory will likely be a rewarding experience, and success as a leader means success for your students.
As an educator, you likely already know the importance of strong leadership and of a strong curriculum. With classroom experience to back up your decisions, your leadership will be more effective and there will be more opportunity for success in your district. Successful leadership at the highest level of the school leads to successful students, and by expanding your knowledge base with a higher-level degree you can create a better learning environment for everyone.
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