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For more information regarding certification in school administration, please contact the program director:

Dr. Darlene McDonough
Plassmann B42
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-4026

To Apply

For application instructions and materials, please visit our site:

 Or contact:

Phone: (716) 375-2021


The SDL Advanced Certificate program is designed for candidates seeking to become administrators at the district level (superintendents). This 12-hour program includes coursework in negotiations, superintendency, and central office leadership. NY SDL certification requires these 12 hours and 60 total graduate credits.

The SDL certificate program is also offered in a hybrid format, with some class sessions and some online work. SDL classes meet three times each semester on Saturdays, alternating by semester between the SBU Buffalo Center and the main campus in Olean.

With the permission of the program director, up to three (3) credit hours may be transferred into this program. 

SDL program requirements

Admission to the program requires:

  • Master’s degree in education or a certification-related area, with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Teacher or school counselor certification, SBL certification recommended
  • Three years of K-12 school experience

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McCombs, Melissa

Titles/Responsibilities Adjunct Instructor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education and Sport Studies
Contact Information Office: 716-375-2204
Office Location Reilly Center, Athletic Training Room
Courses Taught
  • PHED 399G Advanced Evaluation Skills & Techniques
Academic Degrees
  • MEd Counseling & Guidance; Student Affairs, Clemson University, 2001
  • BS, Athletic Training, California University of Pennsylvania, 1999
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
  • Currently a Doctoral Learner at University of Phoenix- Higher Education Administration 
Professional Background
  • Certified Athletic Trainer since 2000, Licensed in the State of New York
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects
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