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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:

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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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McDonough, Darlene M.

School of Education
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Educational Leadership
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone:  (716) 375-4026
OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B40
  • EDL 523. School Law 
  • EDL 535. Evaluation and Supervision of Instructional and Other Staff 
  • EDL 538. Designing Curriculum For Standards Based Education 
  • EDL 620. The Superintendency 
  • EDL 630. Central Office Leadership and Planning 
  • EDL 698A. Practicum for SDL Certification 
  • EDL 698B. Internship for SDL Certification 
  • Ed.D. Administration, Leadership, and Technology, Dowling College
  • Advanced Studies in Literacy, Hofstra University
  • S.A.S./S.D.A., Certification, Long Island University
  • M.S., Reading K-12, Long Island University
  • B.A., El. Ed. N-6, Dowling College
  • Associates, Liberal Arts, SCCC
  • Transitions to the Superintendency Program, Greater Southern Tier BOCES
  • Fiscal Training for School Board Members, NYSSBA
  • Fiscal Navigations, Greater Southern Tier BOCES
  • Five Workshops of Fiscal Training for School Boards, NYSSBA
  • Negotiations, Cornell University Certification Program
  • Superintendent of Schools, Gilboa-Conesville Central School District, 132 Wyckoff Road, Gilboa, New York, 12076, Grades Pre-K-12 district, serving 400 students, 105 adults
  • Director of Elementary Education, Enlarged City School District of Middletown, 223 Wisner Avenue, Middletown, New York, 10940, serving 3,000 students Grades Pre-K-5, 700 adults
  • Supervisor of Instruction and Reading, Clarkstown School District, 62 Old Middletown Road, New City, New York, 10956, serving 4,000 students Grades K-6, 1,000 adults
  • Administrative Assistant for Staff Development, Uniondale Union Free School District, 933 Goodrich Avenue, Uniondale, New York, 11553, serving 8,000 students Grades K-12, 1,000 adults
  • Literacy, Math, Social Studies, and Science Remedial Teacher, Grades K-12, Commack Union Free School District, Clay Pitts Road, East Northport, New York, 11731, serving 8,000 students Grades K-12, 1000 adults
  • Reading Teacher Grades 1-6 and Teacher of Literature-Based Whole Class Lessons Grades 1-6, South Huntington Union Free School District, 60 Weston Street, Huntington Station, New York 11746, serving 4,000 students Grades 1-6, 500 adults
  • Classroom Teacher Grades 1 and 5 including Special Education students, gifted and talented students, and ELL students, South Huntington Union Free School District, 60 Weston Street, Huntington Station, New York 11746, class size 25 students
  • Classroom Teacher Full Day Kindergarten included Special Education students, Ivy League School, 211 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, class size 25, supervised two teaching assistants
  • Adjunct Professor: Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Boulevard, Oakdale, New York, 11796, School of Education, Graduate Courses for Masters in Literacy
  • Adjunct Professor: St. Joseph’s College, 155 Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, New York 11772, School of Education, Child Study Department, Undergraduate Courses for Bachelors in Childhood Education Birth - Grade 2 and Grade 1 – 5
  • Adjunct Professor: College of New Rochelle, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, New York 10805, School of Education, Graduate Courses for Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Adjunct Professor: College of New Rochelle, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, New York 10805, School of Education, Graduate Courses for Masters in Literacy
  • Instructor: SCOPE, 100 Lawrence Avenue, Smithtown, New York 11787, Inservice courses in literacy, math, writing strategies, reading in the content areas, collaboration strategies, and classroom management
  • Director Summer Enrichment Program, Commack, New York
  • Consultant/Staff Developer - PESA Trainer
    • Curriculum Auditor
    • Connetquot School District - Reading in the Content Areas
    • Cleary School for the Deaf - Writing Strategies
    • Nassau BOCES SEPTRC - Reading and Writing Strategies for Special Education Students
  • Additional Training:
    • Columbia Writer’s Workshop
    • Orton Gillingham
    • Wilson Reading
    • Reading Recovery
  • Test Writer: New York State Education Department Teacher Certification Test-Literacy
  • Published Dissertation: Second Grade Teacher Attitudes Regarding the Writing Consultant Training Model of Staff Development 
  • Published Article: Long Island Education Review. (Fall 2006). Second Grade Teacher Attitudes Regarding a Writing Consultant Training/Coaching Model of Staff Development
  • President: West Point Parents Club of Long Island
  • President: Canyon Creek Homeowners Association
  • Member: Congressman Grucci’s Service Academy Advisory Committee