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Principals’ highest degree earned: Percentage distribution of public K–12 school principals, by highest degree earned and state: 2020–21

State Bachelor's degree or less   Master's degree   Education specialist or professional diploma1   Doctorate or first professional degree  
United States 2.061.925.011.0
Alabama 45.437.217.4
Alaska 74.820.0
Arizona 6.171.415.76.8!
Delaware 72.310.5!15.8
District of Columbia 62.613.124.3
Florida 71.817.29.7
Georgia 8.059.831.4
Hawaii 13.3!72.65.4!8.7!
Illinois 1.9!69.819.29.1
Iowa 66.926.66.4!
Kansas 72.916.410.7!
Kentucky 32.467.6
Louisiana 70.724.34.9!
Maine 63.026.910.1
Maryland 77.410.9!11.7!
Massachusetts 51.334.514.3
Michigan 68.720.29.0
Mississippi 54.828.216.9
Montana 13.8!!
Nebraska 68.430.2
Nevada 75.817.46.8!
New Hampshire 58.038.5
New Jersey 77.814.18.2
New Mexico 71.523.55.0!
New York 41.147.911.0
North Carolina 64.516.419.1
North Dakota 5.8!!
Ohio 1.2!70.620.47.8
Oklahoma 80.511.2!6.2!
Pennsylvania 56.422.521.1
Rhode Island 67.619.213.2
South Carolina 58.225.915.3
South Dakota 53.428.817.8
Tennessee 30.546.722.8
Texas 1.980.48.88.8
Vermont 63.926.59.6
Virginia 61.821.815.9
Washington 62.434.3
West Virginia!
Wisconsin 69.419.111.5
Wyoming 73.317.19.6!
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable analysis, or the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error is 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1At least 1 year beyond the master’s level.
NOTE: Data are weighted estimates of the population. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), “Public School Principal Data File,” 2020–21.