How to Transition From Teaching to Administration

If you are pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Administration at California State University San Marcos, you are likely looking to transition from teaching to administration. This is a logical transition in an educator’s career; however, going from teaching to administration is an involved process, and it requires a broader skill set than teaching alone.

Educational pedagogy and instruction are fundamental to effective administration. However, administrators must also facilitate community relations, manage budgets, oversee staff, improve curricula and coordinate professional development. Whether you want to advance to an administrative role at your current school or elsewhere, transitioning from teaching to administration requires additional education, knowledge and skills.


After transitioning into educational administration, you will have many new responsibilities, and you will need additional skills to be effective. Foremost among these is communication. As a school administrator, you communicate extensively with everyone involved in your school’s community — teachers, students, parents and community leaders. To do this well, you should be comfortable with all forms of communication, including one-on-one interactions, email and social media.


Another essential aspect of educational administration is leadership. As a school’s administrator, you will provide leadership and direction to everyone — staff and student alike. While overseeing school policies, educational models and disciplinary systems are all important, leading people involves more than simply giving orders. Effective leadership also means listening to the community and offering guidance. Administrators should lead by example, showing staff how to communicate with each other, encouraging collaboration and creating a supportive learning environment.

Stay Connected

Maintaining positive relationships with all members of your school community is key to effective educational administration. A large part of your role as an administrator is to represent your school, working directly with teachers, parents, students, district supervisors and community organizations. These relationships are the foundation upon which you build your learning community. This means spending time in the classroom, walking students out to meet parents after school, going to PTA meetings, participating in community service trips and much more.

To go from teaching to administration, educators need to understand the steps involved and the skills they’ll need. Educational administration involves managing schedules, creating curricula, improving schools, overseeing faculty and staff, and connecting with the community. A school administrator is never doing just one thing; every moment requires multitasking.

By enrolling in a master’s degree program in educational administration, candidates will learn the many responsibilities of today’s administrators. They will become expert leaders who can maintain, develop and improve school communities.

Learn more about the CSUSM online MA in Education, Educational Administration program.


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