Date of Award

Summer 1958

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science




Much attention has been focused in recent years upon the growing demand for elementary teachers, and the subsequent shortage of qualified personnel. Co-existent with this shortage of trained teachere is the short supply of qualified, trained personnel to assume he unique role of leadership demanded of an elementary principal.

It is the author 's belief that, amid all the hue and cry for "good teachers". Not enough attention has been given the importance of obtaining good principals. This concern has led the author to ask, "Where do the persons who are appointed to the elementary principalship come from? What is their pre appointment experience and preparation? What qualifications do they have for their roles of leadership?" An attempt to answer these questions, then, has led to the present study of the preparation for the elementary principalship in the white public schools or Virginia having five or more teachers.

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