Offered through St. Bonaventure’s Educational Leadership program, the School Building Leader (SBL) certificate prepares experienced school personnel to take on a leadership position, in particular the role of school principal, in a public or private school in New York state. Students entering the SBL program are, without exception, working school teachers or counselors.
The School District Leader (SDL) certificate is the credential required for those seeking to lead a school district in New York state. St. Bonaventure requires entrants to the SDL program to have completed the coursework for the SBL certification. Students entering the SDL are working school personnel — teachers, counselors or principals.
Some students earning the SBL/SDL certificate will serve a school in administrative positions other than principal or superintendent, e.g., director of special education, curriculum coordinator or athletic director. Similarly, students earning the SBL/SDL may find employment with an agency that serves schools — a regional Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), for example.
Excellent information on the SBL and SDL professions is available on the School Administrators Association of New York State website.
An excellent overview of careers in educational administration, including the outlook for jobs, wages, work settings and skills required, is available at O*NET Online.
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