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Dr.  Lisa Buenaventura

School of Education Dean
Dean of Graduate Studies

B18 Plassmann Hall
(716) 375-2394
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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, leading effective inclusive schools, 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 between the University’s main campus Olean and its Hilbert College Extension Center in Hamburg.

The SBL program offers fall and spring starts and can be finished up in four semesters with no summer classes, or completed in 18 months through an accelerated program including summer study. 

The SBL program meets New York state 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
Here is more information about this program: Fact Sheet

News, Publications & Research

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    Feb 14, 2020 | A children's picture book by Heather Harris, assistant professor and director of the integrated marketing communications program, has won the New York City Big Book Award.

    Feb 14, 2020 | A presentation proposal by Paula J. Scraba, O.S.F., Ph.D., associate professor of physical education, and Richard Trietley, vice president for Student Affairs at Viturbo University in Wisconsin, has been accepted for the 2020 Symposium of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities

    Jan 27, 2020 | Dr. Rene' Hauser, associate professor of education, gave a presentation Dec. 9 on disabilities to the student body of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania.



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