Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate Program

School District Leader

SBL & SDL Certification Programs - Price per credit hour


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Online 15 credits * 3 semesters
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Program Highlights & Benefits

Flexible, online format

Leads to Initial NYS Certification as a School District Leader

No GRE required

Flexible schedule


Experienced teachers who have earned a Master’s Degree, and wish to obtain the New York State School District Leader (SDL) certification. Candidates must hold a minimum of three years full-time teaching or pupil personnel services experience in an N-12 setting.

What You Learn

The Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate Program for School District Leader (SDL) certification develops leadership in the areas of strategic planning, governance, compliance and supervision. The program focus on providing a strong foundation in order to apply knowledge, concepts, and theory into practice. Through diverse and comprehensive experiences candidates will be exposed to strategies, theories, and fieldwork necessary to create and develop skills to address the challenges of our diverse learning communities and includes experiences in districts serving students at different developmental levels and with a variety of characteristics and socioeconomic backgrounds.

How You Learn

Courses are structured in an online hybrid format with four Zoom synchronous meetings per course with the remainder completed online. The online portion of our courses are asynchronous meaning students do not have to login during a specific time. However, there will be assignments due at specific times. 150 Internship hours are required. Hours of internship may be completed in current school/district under guidance of a certified School District Leader.

Career Outcomes

Candidates with this certification will be eligible for positions in district administration in New York State.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Hours
EDU 5700 Strategic Planning and Organizational Change 3
EDU 5702 District Level Governance and Policy 3
EDU 5704 District Resources and Compliance Administration 3
EDU 5706 District Educational Programs: Administration and Supervision for Equity and Excellence 3
EDU 5708 Internship for School District Building Leaders 3
Total Credit Hours: 15