I am a 20 year old student finishing up my bachelors degree at UCLA. I’ll be receiving my degree in Sociology with a minor in Education. I currently have about a year left in my undergrad and I’m starting to plan my course of action for my career.
I have been interning at different districts like LA Unified and Pomona Unified and have gotten a lot face time with administrators and superintendents. My overall career aspiration is to go as high as I possibly can in k-12 career in my life time.
I believe I have what it takes to become an administrator and even a Superintendent given the proper experience, education, and connections. I am a very goal and step by step oriented person though.
Therefore, If any of you have any advice on what would be my best course of action. What order should I get my experience, degrees and credentials.
Should I get a teaching credential, teach for a few years, then go back to school for a masters in educational administration.
Or, should I get a teaching credential with a masters degree in a dual program and run the risk of not being hired due to lack of experience and requiring high pay due to my masters?
I’m more or less having trouble deciding in what steps to take to reach my all time goal of basically running a school district.
I know that there are multiple paths to take in order to reach such a lucrative position like superintendent but I’m just looking for other people’s opinions on what I should do in what order to increase my chances of getting hired in a position like that or increase my chances to get promoted as frequently as possibly in the public education sector.