SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADER CERTIFICATE

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

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 the program director:

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

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Silliker, Alan

Titles/Responsibilities Program Director
Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: 716-375-2368
E-mail: silliker@sbu.edu
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B36
Courses Taught
  • CE 530. Techniques of Counseling 
  • CE 550. Group Counseling 
  • CE 570. Career Counseling 
  • CE 620A. Internship in School Counseling 
  • CE620B. Internship II in School Counseling 
  • CE 621. Advanced Internship in School Counseling 
  • CE 634. Interventions for School and Agency Counseling 
Academic Degrees
  • Ed.D., Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Boston College
    • Dissertation title: The Evaluation of Secondary School Career Education Strategies Using the Career Maturity Inventory. 
  • M.A., Guidance and Personnel, St. Bonaventure University
  • B.S., Psychology, Georgetown University
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
  • Masters’ Swimming participation; running; piano playing;
  • Eucharistic Minister/Lector St. Bonaventure’s Church, Allegany
  • Board Member: Parent Education Program; Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • Silliker, S.A. & Quirk, J.T. (1997). The effect of extracurricular activity participation on the academic performance of male and female high school students.  The School Counselor, 44, 288-293.
  • Silliker, S.A. (1994). Videotaped presentations in the classroom.  Journal On Excellence in College Teaching, 5, 89-94.
  • Silliker, S.A. (1993). The role of social contacts in the successful job search.  Journal of Employment Counseling, 30, 25-34.
Teaching Philosophy “One way or another you need to explore a little to learn.”
Current Research Interests/Projects
  • Student Success Skills: Academic intervention programs to reduce the academic gap among students.
  • Balance between Technology and Personal Contact in Counselor Education.
  • Serendipity in Job Getting
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