Contact Us

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

To Apply

If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at (716) 375-2021 or by email at for graduate admission materials.

What Can I Do With This Major?


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

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Rotich, Willy Kipkemboi

Titles/Responsibilities Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2372
Office Location Butler Gym, 1A
Courses Taught
  • PHED 102. Gymnastics 
  • PHED 301-302. Team Sports  
  • PHED 304. Secondary School Methods 
  • PHED 306. Assessment 
  • PHED 308C. Theory and Techniques of Coaching 
  • PHED 414. Social Theory of Sport 
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • M.Ed., Sports Pedagogy, Louisiana State University, 2006
  • B.Ed., Physical Education, Kenyatta University, 1999
Personal Interests/Community Involvement


  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)
Other Education
Professional Background
  • St. Bonaventure University, Assistant Professor, 2009-Present
  • Millennium Academy, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2004-2006
  • Millennium Academy, Physical Education Teacher, 2002-2004
  • Kenya National Examination Council, Examiner, 2000-2002
  • St Augustine’s Teachers Training College, Physical Education Instructor, 1999-2002


  • Harrison, L. Jr., Sailes, G., & Rotich, W. K. (in review). Race and Athletic Identity. Journal of Sport and Social Issues
  • Rotich, W. K.,  Harrison L. Jr., & Keating, X (in review).  Effects of Model Similarity in the Learning of Skills in Cricket. Education, Sport & Society 
  • Rotich, W.K., Harrison, L. Jr., & Nthiga, P.  (In Preparation) Brawn Drain and the Case of Kenyan Athletics: The Shady Side of Sport and International Relations 


  • Rotich, W. K. & Harrison L Jr (2007). Effects of Model Similarity on Learning Motor Skills. Presentation at the annual meeting of the North America Society for Sociology of Sports (NASSS), Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rotich, W. K. & Harrison L Jr (2008). Effects of Model Similarity on Learning of Skills in Cricket. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Fort Worth, TX
  • Rotich, W. K. (2008). Highlighting Paul Robeson to Debunk Stereotypes About College Athletes Today. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Fort Worth, TX
  • Brian D., Rotich, W.K., Xiaofen, K, Louis H. (2009) Health Related Fitness Physical Activity of Elementary Minority Students, American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Tampa, FL
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects Modeling effects in the learning of motor skills, cultural differences in choice of physical activities and sports, diversity issues in education, technology in physical activity
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