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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Zimmer, Kayla

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Elementary Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375- 2167
E-Mail: kzimmer@sbu.edu
Office Location Plassmann Hall, B37
Courses Taught
  • EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching 
  • EDUC 220/220L. Basic Instructional Design 
  • EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction 
  • EDUC 310. Methods and Models: Social Studies and Language Arts 
  • EDUC 312. Developmental Reading 
  • EDUC 325. Literature for Elementary Grades 
  • University 101: Skills for the Good Journey 
Academic Degrees
  • Ed.M., Elementary Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., English, State University of New York at Albany
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
  • Faculty organizer of the School of Education Book Club
  • Enchanted Mountain Aquatic Club, Swim-a-Thon director and Meet Manager
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Girl Scouts
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • Co-presented with Dr. Nancy Casey at the 2006 Professional Development Schools National Conference (March 23-26, Orlando Florida) Guiding Inquiry: Shepherding and Scaffolding Action Research in the PDS
  • 2006-2007 Keenan Grant:  Response Systems in the Education Classroom: Using Technology to Actively Assess Learning in Process, $2,690.
  • 2007-2008 Keenan Grant: Using Literature to Engage Students in Conversations about Teaching, $610
  • Artwork has been on display in the St. Bonaventure Quick Center Gallery and the Yale University library
Teaching Philosophy

It is my belief that my role in the classroom is to guide my students toward success. The field of education is ever-changing so it is as important that students learn “how to learn” as it is for them to learn the skills necessary to become effect teachers.

I believe in an active, engaged classroom where learning happens through lecture, projects, discussion, group and individual work. I also believe in assessing students through a variety of methods including papers, projects, participation, exams and quizzes, group and individual work, because no one assessment can tell me everything there is to know about student success in the classroom.

Current Research Interests/Projects Pursuing a Ph.D. in reading at SUNY Buffalo; current research involves theory and language
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