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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

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For application instructions and materials, please visit our site:

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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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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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