School Building Leadership Certificate of Advanced Study

Department of Language, Learning and Leadership

Office: E236 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3245

Cindy Bird, Chairperson

Charles Stoddart, Program Coordinator



As of Fall 2016, the School Building Leadership (SBL) and School District Leadership (DL) program have been placed on hiatus. This means programs will not be accepting new applicants until further notice. Both programs are under review and revision for possible new delivery models.

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 teaching certification or equivalent.
  • 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 applicant's 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 617Supervision II: Supervision to Improve Instruction


EDU 618Internship I: Educational Leadership


EDU 619Internship II: Educational Leadership


EDU 620Public School Finance


EDU 624Contemporary Problems in School Leadership


EDU 626Public School Law


EDU 630Educational Administration Special Topics


Total Credit Hours:30
  • EDU 618 is a variable 3-6 credit hour course. Students must complete the course for 3 credit hours to meet the requirements.

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). Those entering the program without the DASA requirement may take an EDU DASA workshop through Fredonia's Extended Learning.

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.