Postsecondary Education Administrator at a Glance

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Average Salary for Postsecondary Education Administrator

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Best States for Postsecondary Education Administrator

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
District of Columbia 750 $73,950 $36
Alaska 340 $55,990 $27
Vermont 290 $47,240 $23

Becoming a Postsecondary Education Administrator

To qualify for most postsecondary education administrator jobs, candidates will need to have completed a master's degree or higher. Some entry-level positions may be available to those with only a bachelor's degree, but options and potential for advancement will be limited. Provosts and deans at colleges and universities almost always have a Ph.D. along with teaching experience.

At the undergraduate level, prospective college administrators may have degrees ranging from chemistry to English. Some teaching experience may also be beneficial, or even required, before entering upper level administration positions. Common subjects for an education administration program at the graduate level include:

  • History and Philosophy of Higher Education
  • School Administration
  • Educational Assessment at the Postsecondary Level
  • Current Issues in Higher Education

While no specific certification or licensure is typically required for higher education administration careers, continuing education courses can be helpful for professionals in the field. These classes will help leaders in higher education stay on top of current issues, technologies, and administrative practices. This is essential to working efficiently and serving students the best they can. Many employers will provide this training directly to their employees.