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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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Cashing, Elizabeth

School of Education
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Adolescence Education
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375-2366
OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B52
  • EDUC 201. Introduction to Education 
  • EDUC 523. Designing and Delivering Instruction 
  • EDUC 524. Methods and Models for Special Subjects 
  • EDUC 526. Managing Instruction and Behavior 
  • READ 560. Literacy in the Content Area 
  • EDUC 588. Secondary Student Teaching: Grades 7-12 
  • M.A., Spanish, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Spanish (Secondary 7–12), State University of New York at Oswego

Middle School Spanish Teacher:

  • Olean Middle School, Olean, NY, 1985-2005
  • Jamesville-DeWitt Central Schools, Jamesville, NY, 1969-1979


Following a 30 year teaching career in New York state public middle schools, this adventure at St. Bonaventure University has given me a chance to give back to the communities that provided support to our family

  • Effective middle schools programming and implementation
  • Staff Development workshops:
    • middle level instruction and effective strategies
    • team development
    • L.O.T.E. strategies and instruction
    • Peer mentoring

We are each on a journey. We seek – we discover – we adapt – we adopt. Along the way, we learn – sometimes who we are, usually more about who we’re going to be.

As a teacher, I have the privilege of sharing my journey with the youth of today who will make a difference tomorrow. My philosophical outlook in education remains flexible to accommodate change. However my energy at all times is focused on the children and young adults with whom I interact. Each one needs to be considered developmentally, intellectually, emotionally, and physically, and then encouraged to grow in an atmosphere of respect and appropriate challenge.

I believe that every person is capable of learning and one of my tasks is to differentiate instruction to address individual needs. Education should be a creative endeavor that guides minds to explore, problem solve, and grow. Maintaining a constant awareness of multicultural opportunities for myself and for those with whom I work is important to me. I encourage an environment that promotes openness and tolerance, hoping to strengthen lifelong interpersonal skills and the ability to function effectively in “community” with others.

Education occurs IN the world, not apart from it. Communication with other professionals, parents, community agencies and student interest groups is critical to progress. Each person needs to feel a part of his or her surroundings, and that is nurtured by activities that promote participation – locally and globally. We are each on a journey. My students guide my journey – what an awesome deligh

  • Brain compatible learning
  • Differentiated instruction
  • L.O.T.E. strategies and instruction
  • Look Global – Act Local


  • First Presbyterian Church: member, Board of Elders
  • Southern Tier Symphony: member, Board of Directors
  • Chamber Music Society of Olean: member, Board of Directors
  • Olean Theatre Workshop: member, Board of Sponsors
  • Olean Middle School Orchestra: accompanist
  • Olean City Schools: interpreter


  • Skiing
  • National and international travel