Educational Leadership: What Does an Administrator Do?

General Information

Iowa Standards for School Leaders

Sample Job Descriptions

Administrative endorsement requirements

Administrator licensure through the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

Administrator Preparation Programs Based in Iowa

Drake University

Iowa Principal Leadership Academy

Iowa State University

University of Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Administrative Positions

Experience and education requirements can vary by district. Responsibilities are listed for each level of administration to provide an overview of what administrators do, but are by no means all-inclusive of the job's demands. 

Elementary Principal

Middle Level/Junior High Principal

High School Principal

Central Office Administrator


Additional Resources

Balanced Leadership: What 30 years of research tells us about the effect of leadership on student achievement

How Leadership Influences Student Learning

Making Sense of Leading Schools: A Study of the School Principalship

Rolling Up Their Sleeves: Superintendents and Principals Talk About What's Needed to Fix Public Schools