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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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Siuta, Christopher R.

Titles/Responsibilities Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 646-1500, ext. 11
Office Location 4200 South Park Avenue, Bogel Hall, Hamburg, NY 14075
Courses Taught
  • CE 560. Psychological Testing and Assessment 
  • CE 610 - Practicum  
  • CE 625A - Internship 1: Agency Counseling  
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Capella University, 2007
  • MSED, Counselor Education, St. Bonaventure University, 1997
  • B.A., Psychology, State University College at Buffalo, 1995
Personal Interests/Community Involvement


  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)
Other Education


  • New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • New York State Permanent Certificate in School Counseling
  • New York State Trained Intensive In-Home Therapist-Home and Community Based Services Waiver
  • Approved Provider of Mandated Reporter Training on Child Abuse
  • Attended SAFE Schools and Violence Prevention Workshop
Professional Background
  • St. Bonaventure University, Assistant Professor, 2011-Present
  • University at Buffalo, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator December, 2009-present
  • University at Buffalo, Senior Trainer 2007-2009
  • Medaille College, Adjunct Professor, 2006-present
  • Hopevale, Inc., Director of Clinical Operations, 2006
  • St. Bonaventure University, Adjunct Professor, 2005-2011
  • Canisius College, Adjunct Professor, 2004-present
  • WNY Center for Sport Psychology, Private Psychotherapy Practice 2004-present
  • Stanley G. Falk School, School Counselor/Program Coordinator, 2002-2006
  • Mid Erie Counseling and Treatment Services, Child Therapist, 1998-2000
  • Heritage Centers, Recreation Trainer, 1996-1997
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects
Website Links