Can I be a principal in New York State without being a teacher first? What should I do?

I recently graduated with a BA in poli sci and have decided to pursue a career as a high school principal and eventually superintendent of a school district. I live in New York and while starting out as a teacher is the logical choice, with the degree I have chosen I would have to jump through many hoops in order to receive teacher certification. I was wondering if there was another route I could go.

Asked By: Ryan M - 3/19/2007
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There ARE school principals that have never been classroom teachers, and ALL of them suck... More
Answered By: Teacher Man - 3/19/2007
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I sure hope that New York does not certify principals without them having teaching experience. A principle needs to not only have great administration, organization, and financial planning skills, a principle must also be able to connect with the students AND the teachers. Teachers are not going to give you the... More
Answered By: magnoliapeachblossom13 - 3/19/2007
I know of principals who were not first teachers. As a general rule though, you don't get much respect from teachers without having been one yourself. We get offended when someone who hasn't been trained to do our job tries to tell us how to do it. To curb this, I would recommend taking some extra education classes... More
Answered By: Elizabeth - 3/19/2007
I don't know about New York State but no principal should ever be hired without spending time in the classroom. You need to understand what it is like to teach, to maintain discipline, to interact with the administration and deal with the day to day demands of the job. It is like trying to be a general without ever... More
Answered By: baadevo - 3/19/2007
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