Career Options for Educational Leadership Graduates

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook in the education sector is bright, with job growth for education, training and library occupations pegged at 5% through the year 2029. As this demand for education professionals increases, so will the need for administrators. Getting the right education, like a master’s degree in educational leadership and management, can place aspiring administrators in a prime position to achieve, or surpass, their professional goals.

Graduates of Fitchburg State University’s online Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management (Non-Licensure) have a number of career options. This article covers three paths with salary information sourced in July 2021:

Curriculum Leader

Curriculum leaders or instructional coordinators implement and assess school curriculum and teaching standards and oversee how concepts are taught in their schools or districts. Some of their other duties include:

  • Analyzing student exam data
  • Mentoring teachers and support staff
  • Selecting the most appropriate textbooks and educational materials for the district
  • Recommending strategies for implementing new technology in the classroom

The median yearly salary for a curriculum leader is $66,970 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Director of Museum Education

This is a career path outside of the education sector that graduates of a master’s in educational leadership can explore. The curator or director of museum education contributes to the success of their organization in the following ways:

  • Supervising the curatorial, student and technical staff
  • Creating tours, educational opportunities and workshops for museum visitors
  • Collaborating with community partners and stakeholders to promote the museum
  • Deciding on themes and strategies for new exhibits

The median yearly salary for a director of museum education is $52,140 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

The role of a headteacher is very similar to that of a principal, with the main difference being that a headteacher is the primary administrator for a private school. Depending on the location and overall funding of the school, the salary of a headteacher may be substantially higher than that of a public school building principal. A headteacher’s most important duties include:

  • Building strong relationships with school parents and key community partners
  • Ensuring that schools are properly staffed and have the appropriate educational materials
  • Supervising the work of teachers and students

The average yearly salary of a headteacher is $109,900, according to

If you are interested a career in educational leadership, consider the non-licensure Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online program at Fitchburg State, “designed to expand your leadership competencies, with courses delivered in an accelerated and flexible format ideal for working educators.”

Learn more about Fitchburg State’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management (Non-Licensure) online program.


Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers Headmaster Salary in the United States

U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Education, Training, and Library Occupations

U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Instructional Coordinators

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