School District Leadership Program Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Department of Language, Learning and Leadership

Office: E236 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3245

Dr. Cindy Bird, Chairperson

Dr. Charles Stoddart, Program Coordinator



The School District Leadership Program (SDL) is open to candidates who have completed the requirements for the New York State School Building Leader Certification. The program leads to a recommendation to the New York State Education Department for professional certification as a School District Leader (SDL). This state certification allows the candidate to assume such roles as superintendent, assistant superintendent, district wide director, or coordinator.

All candidates in the School District Leadership program who would like to receive an institutional recommendation for NYS Certification in School District Leadership from The State University of New York at Fredonia must successfully pass the New York State Content Specialty Test (CST) in School District Leadership before graduating from the program.

Any candidate who has not successfully completed the CST in School District Leadership or who is not interested in receiving an institutional recommendation for certification, must change to the SDL-Non Certification program prior to applying for graduation.

Any candidate who graduates from the SDL-Non Certification program, who later intends to pursue NYS Certification, will need to contact and apply through his/her local BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) for an individual transcript evaluation.

Requirements for Admission to the Program:

  • Be eligible for or hold New York State Education Department School Building Leader certification.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in academic program leading to the School Building Leadership Certification or its equivalent.
  • Two written recommendations, one each from the candidate's school superintendent and immediate supervisor. (For candidates continuing with this program directly following their completion of the C.A.S. in School Building Leadership, their recommendations for admittance to the C.A.S. program in SBL will be sufficient.)

Program Requirements

A minimum of 6 semester hours of graduate-level courses as listed below:

Required Courses

EDU 662Policy Development, Politics and Ethical Practices


EDU 664Governance, Media and Crisis Management


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.

Total Credit Hours: 6