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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 District Leader

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
  • School Building Leader certification
  • Three years of K-12 school experience
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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