SCHOOL BUILDING LEADER CERTIFICATE

The SBL Advanced Certificate program is designed for elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors seeking to become school principals. This offering is 24 hours in length, and includes coursework in curriculum development, school finance and law, supervision, leadership and school-community relations. Six (6) hours of equivalent coursework may be accepted for transfer with the approval of the program director.

The SBL program is offered via a unique "hybrid" format. Each class meets 3 times (on Saturdays) per semester, with the rest of the course work completed online. The setting for these Saturday sessions alternates, by semester, between the University’s Olean and Hamburg locations. The SBL program offers fall starts and can be finished up in four semesters with no summer classes.  With program director approval, a spring semester start in the program may be possible.

The SBL program meets NY course requirements for SBL certification.

With six additional credits, SBL students can receive the MSED in Educational Leadership.

SBL program requirements

Admission to the SBL programs requires:

  • Master’s degree in education or a certification-related area, with a 3.0 or better GPA
  • Teacher or school counselor certification
  • Three years of K-12 school experience
  • References (two, at least one from a supervising principal or superintendent)
  • Interview & writing sample

Contact Information
If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or gradsch@sbu.edu for graduate admission materials.

For more information regarding certification in school administration, please contact
Dr. Darlene McDonough
Plassmann Hall B42
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-4026

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Hunt, Christine A.

Titles/Responsibilities Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Elementary Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2315
E-Mail: chunt@sbu.edu
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B12
Courses Taught
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, Michigan State University
  • M.S., Elementary Education, Purdue University
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Grace College
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • September 2007: Dissertation defense
  • March 2006: Co-facilitated a staff in-service with Dr. Bell at Lincoln Elementary School in Hammond, IN, on the integration of science and literacy

 Presentations 

  • A Tale of Two Voices:  PDS Journeys of Junior Faculty:  National Association for Professional Development Schools, March 9-12, 2011 New Orleans, LA (With Claudette Thompson) 

  • Professional Development Schools National Conference . March 2006 (With Dr. Cheryl Bell)
Teaching Philosophy

The central tenet of my teaching philosophy is that learning is something that occurs throughout life. As an adult and teacher, I am continuously learning and re-learning concepts as well as applying them in a variety of situations. This requires me to have a base of knowledge in order to learn the concepts and know how to apply them in a wide array of circumstances.

As a teacher it is my responsibility to provide my students with the basics they will need in order to become lifelong learners. In other words, I am responsible for guiding my students in the discovery of knowing how to learn new concepts and how to use them in new ways. They need to learn how to learn on their own. Teaching students to learn how to learn requires a teacher to play a variety of roles as well as knowing when and how to employ them.

First, there are times when the teacher is the “sage on the stage” presenting relevant information for students in the form of lectures. Didactic instruction is necessary at times to quickly and concisely present essential information that students will need. Another role the teacher has is that of facilitator. In this role the teacher needs to be an active listener in order to come to an understanding of what the student knows in order to know how best to direct instruction for the student.

It also means that the teacher needs to use observational skills as well to see how the student is using information. In this role the teacher is evaluating what knowledge the student has and how it is being put to use. This allows the teacher to determine if there are any misperceptions that need to be corrected as well as how the information is being used at present and how it could be furthered. This provides the teacher with information that leads to the choice of appropriate instruction.

Guiding students in academic content knowledge and application is one role the teacher plays. Lifelong learning also includes how to be good citizens. 

Current Research Interests/Projects
  • Educational Policy
  • Teachers and Assessment
  • School Reform
  • Curriculum and Instruction
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