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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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Beardsley, Michael

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information Office phone: (716) 375 -2233
Office Location Butler Gym, 1C
Courses Taught
  • PHED 107. Health-related Fitness and Health Promotion
  • PHED 312. Bio-Kinesiology
  • PHED 413B. Directed Study – Internship
Academic Degrees
  • ABD, Exercise Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2004
  • B.S., Sports Medicine, Canisius College, 2003
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
  • Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC), National Athletic Trainers Association
  • NYS Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, American Red Cross
  • Responding to Emergencies, American Red Cross
  • CITI certification
Professional Background Houghton College, 2006 – 2012, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects

Role of the subtalar joint on orthotics used for the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis
Doctoral Dissertation Project

  • Utilize 3D motion capture techniques
  • Employ Modified Helen Hayes and Oxford Foot Models
  • Approved by IRB
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