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.

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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Weber, Allen

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: 716-375-2365
E-Mail: aweber@sbu.edu
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B50
Courses Taught
  • CE 550. Group Counseling
  • CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
  • CLAR 107. Catholic and Franciscan Heritage
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., 1990, Counseling, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
    • Dissertation title: the Relationship between Internal-External Control and Endogenous Versus Reactive Depression in Clinically Depressed Adults 
  • M.A., 1979, School and Community Psychology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • M.S., 1975, Religious Education, Fordham, University, New York, NY
  • S.T.B., 1965, Theology, Catholic University, Washington, DC.
  • A.B., Seton Hall University, Classical Languages and Philosophy
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments An upcoming book chapter on a Franciscan approach to counseling
Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy arises from my commitment as a Franciscan and a Christian.  I believe that all humans are fundamentally bound to each other as images of God, brothers and sisters who share the goodness of creation.

I believe teaching should be student-centered, encourage discovery and active learning in an atmosphere of personal care and respect. Since diversity is fundamental to creation, it should be honored and highly valued in the classroom and indeed in every aspect of creation.

Current Research Interests/Projects My current interest is in the relationship between spirituality and counseling.
Other Interests/Community Involvement Ministry in local parishes, Ethics Committee, Rehabilitation Center
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