What is an educational administration?

Educational administration consists of the people who run an educational institution. This includes daycare centers; elementary, middle or high schools; and colleges.

Providing Leadership

The primary role of an educational administration is to provide leadership for a school, university or school district. This encompasses managing staff (teachers), budgeting finances and creating policies.

Meeting Standards

Educational administrations in elementary, middle and high schools must help the school and district meet local, state and national learning standards. These include those set forth in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.

Supervising Staff

The people who comprise an educational administration supervise teachers and other support-staff members. This supervision entails planning professional development, implementing staff policies and creating an organizational structure.

Educational Administrators

The men and women who make up an educational administration are called administrators. Most administrators are former teachers who have gained specialized educational credentials and licensing.

College Administrations

Colleges and universities also have administrations. These consist of department heads, governing bodies, directors and the leaders of student services.

Educational Administration Decisions

Many decisions, whether at an elementary or university level, are made by administrators. These are both daily and long-term determinations, and can concern finances, curricula and instruction and staff/management.


National Policy Board for Education Administration

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Education Administrators

More Information:

National Association of Elementary School Prinicpals

University Council for Educational Administration

American Association of School Administrators