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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Siuta, Christopher R.

Titles/Responsibilities Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 646-1500, ext. 11
Office Location 4200 South Park Avenue, Bogel Hall, Hamburg, NY 14075
Courses Taught
  • CE 560. Psychological Testing and Assessment 
  • CE 610 - Practicum  
  • CE 625A - Internship 1: Agency Counseling  
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Capella University, 2007
  • MSED, Counselor Education, St. Bonaventure University, 1997
  • B.A., Psychology, State University College at Buffalo, 1995
Personal Interests/Community Involvement


  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)
Other Education


  • New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • New York State Permanent Certificate in School Counseling
  • New York State Trained Intensive In-Home Therapist-Home and Community Based Services Waiver
  • Approved Provider of Mandated Reporter Training on Child Abuse
  • Attended SAFE Schools and Violence Prevention Workshop
Professional Background
  • St. Bonaventure University, Assistant Professor, 2011-Present
  • University at Buffalo, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator December, 2009-present
  • University at Buffalo, Senior Trainer 2007-2009
  • Medaille College, Adjunct Professor, 2006-present
  • Hopevale, Inc., Director of Clinical Operations, 2006
  • St. Bonaventure University, Adjunct Professor, 2005-2011
  • Canisius College, Adjunct Professor, 2004-present
  • WNY Center for Sport Psychology, Private Psychotherapy Practice 2004-present
  • Stanley G. Falk School, School Counselor/Program Coordinator, 2002-2006
  • Mid Erie Counseling and Treatment Services, Child Therapist, 1998-2000
  • Heritage Centers, Recreation Trainer, 1996-1997
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects
Website Links