School District Leadership Program 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 (SDL) 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 CAS in School District Leadership 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.

In order to receive a CAS in School District Leadership from the State University of New York at Fredonia, candidates must successfully pass the New York State Content Speciality Test (CST) in School District Leadership before a CAS degree can be granted.

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 with Matriculated Acceptance:

  • 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 applicant's school superintendent and immediate supervisor. For candidates continuing with this program directly following their completion of the CAS in School Building Leadership from Fredonia, their recommendations submitted for application to the CAS 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


Total Credit Hours: 6

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.