School District leader Certificate Curriculum & Courses

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.

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 or better
  • Teacher or school counselor certification, SBL certification recommended
  • Three years of K-12 school experience

To see a description of a particular course, click on its title. For descriptions of all graduate courses in the School of Education, see our Course Descriptions page.
 Requirements  Credits 
     EDL 610. Negotiations
     EDL 620. Superintendency
     EDL 630. Central Office Leadership
     EDL 698A. Practicum
     EDL 698B. Internship
 TOTAL  24

Contact Information
If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or for graduate admission materials.

For more information regarding certification in school administration, please contact:

Dr. Margy Jones-Cary
Program Director, Educational Leadership
Plassmann Hall B40
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-4026