School Building Leadership Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Department of Language, Learning and Leadership

Office: E236 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3245

Cindy Bird, Chairperson, Department of Language, Learning and Leadership

Charles Stoddart, Program Coordinator



The Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leadership is open to candidates who already possess teaching certification, a master's degree in education or a related field, and three years of satisfactory teaching or professional experience in a Pre-K-12 setting. The program leads to a recommendation to the New York State Education Department for initial certification as a School Building Leader (SBL). The certificate allows the candidate to assume such roles as principal, assistant principal, supervisor, department chairperson, or program coordinator.

Requirements for Admission to the Program without Deficiencies:

  • New York State Education Department teaching certification.
  • Master's degree in education or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Three years satisfactory teaching or professional experience in a Pre-K-12 school.
  • Two written recommendations, one each from the candidates school superintendent and immediate supervisor.


Graduate students in the School Building Leadership Program should meet with their assigned academic advisor at least once every semester for purposes of program planning and course selection.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level courses, including a 600-clock hour internship:

Required Courses

EDU 614Principles of School Administration and Leadership


EDU 615School Building Leader


EDU 616Supervision I: Theory/Practice


EDU 620Public School Finance


EDU 624Contemporary Problems in School Leadership


EDU 626Public School Law


EDU 630Educational Administration Special Topics


Candidates are also required to submit an internship portfolio providing evidence of the candidate's impact on students in a Pre-K-12 setting.

As of December 31, 2013, candidates in all education programs are required to complete training under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, the training required under the Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) will be included in EDU 303 at Fredonia. Undergraduate candidates planning to graduate after Fall 2013 who have already completed EDU 303 on campus or taken a workshop as a substitution for EDU 303 must also complete the EDU DASA workshop prior to graduation.

Candidates must also successfully pass a comprehensive oral or written examination and the New York State School Building Leadership Examination. In order to be eligible for New York State School Building Leader Initial Certification, candidates must pass the applicable state examinations.

Total Credit Hours: 30