Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration - School Building Leader (SBL) and District Leader (SDL) Concentration

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Candidates entering Educational Administration (EDA) have a career goal of school administrator, e.g., Assistant Principal, Principal, Teacher Leader, Director/Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent. Participation in the program leads to an advanced degree: Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) and an endorsement for certification as a School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL). These certifications are required for most administrative or leadership positions in a New York State school district. The department also offers a 12 credit Teacher Leadership Certificate.

The program is structured in a cohort-only format, with cohorts starting every Fall and Spring semester; cohorts are not started in the Summer session. Courses are offered in a hybrid format, with both face-to-face in-person instruction on Saturdays and the remaining class time in an online or asynchronous format. Course schedules are structured around school breaks and are not scheduled during those times. The Rochester Cohort (which starts every Fall and Spring semester) is taught at SUNY Brockport Downtown, 161 Chestnut Street, Rochester, New York. The GST (Greater Southern Tier) BOCES Cohort is taught at the GST BOCES in Painted Post, New York. The GST BOCES Cohort is enrollment-dependent, and the department is in a continuous recruitment mode with respect to that cohort. Every attempt is made to start a cohort each Spring semester but is not guaranteed.

The Educational Administration program is approved by the New York State Department of Education for both School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) certification and Teacher Leader (TL). The program is accredited through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

Admission to the Program

Students apply to this CAS program through the Center for Graduate Studies. Applicants to the program must have:

  • An earned master’s degree in education from an accredited institution
  • At least a 3.0 GPA in the highest degree earned
  • Two years of service in teaching or pupil personnel services as defined in NYSED-TEACH system

The application consists of:

  • General personal information in an online application
  • Recommendation letter (on school letterhead) from a Principal or higher level administrator (for example, District-wide Director, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, or similar title); the recommender must have served in the administrative position for at least three years. The recommendation letter should attest to the following:
    • Your number of years of full-time teaching or pupil personnel services experience
    • Your exemplary teaching
    • You exhibit excellent leadership skills
    • You have excellent oral and written communication skills
    • They are willing to be your mentor OR a second letter from a different individual agreeing to be your mentor
  • Transcripts of all prior college-level coursework (with the exception of SUNY Brockport)

For additional information on admissions or to start your application, contact the Center for Graduate Studies.

On Mentors:

Candidates in the program are required to have a mentor who is employed as a principal or higher-level administrator who agrees to consult with the student throughout the program.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College’s standards for graduate study.

To graduate with the CAS in Educational Administration candidates must

  • Complete all 36 credits of required course work as outlined below
  • Provide verified completion of the 6-hour DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) training
  • Complete the program within five years from their date of matriculation; however, candidates are eligible for up to three years of leave from the program which would extend their time for completion of the program.

The program consists of 36 credits of coursework:

  • EDA 600 Foundations in Educational Leadership (6 credits)
  • EDA 653 Building Level leadership (3 credits)
  • EDA 678 Evidenced Based Techniques for Teacher Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDA 694 Resource Management (3 credits)
  • EDA 830 Leading Instructional Improvement Strategies (3 credits)
  • EDA 871 Legal Basis of Education (3 credits)
  • EDA 885 Practicum in Educational leadership (3 credits)
  • EDA 888 Internship (6 credits)
  • EDA 896 Central Office Administration (6 credits)

Teacher Leadership Certificate – Candidates interested in the Teacher Leadership Certificate would complete the 12 credits of course work listed below.

  • EDA 600 Foundations in Educational Leadership
  • EDA 678 Evidenced based Techniques for Teacher Assessment
  • EDA 830 Leading Instructional Improvement Strategies

SBL/SDL Certification

The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) offers certification of school building leaders (SBL) and school district leaders (SDL). Educational Administration has been approved by the New York State Education Department to provide a course of study to meet the requirements for both SBL and SDL certifications. At this time the additional requirements for these certifications include

  • three years of full-time teaching or pupil services experience
  • Passing the SDL/SBL examinations
  • Passing EAS – Educating All Students Exam
  • Fingerprinting clearance
  • Child abuse seminars (SAVE and CAD)
  • Dignity for All Students Act training (DASA)
  • Apply to Brockport’s Certification Office for an endorsement to TEACH
  • Application for certification through TEACH upon graduation
  • Payment of required test and certification fees

The State of New York Department of Education certifies candidates upon completion and verification of all program requirements. SUNY Brockport’s Certification Office serves as the contact for questions related to the certification process.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, develop, articulate, and sustain a clear and focused vision of learning for high quality school buildings, districts, or organizations (ELCC SBL and SDL 1.1).
  2. Understand, facilitate, and use the processes of change to bring about positive growth and development of all students, faculty, and adults engaged in the educational enterprise (ELCC SBL and SDL 1.3, 1.4, 2.3).
  3. Utilize effective management and leadership strategies for the operation of safe, efficient, and effective learning environments (ELCC SBL and SDL 2.1, 3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,3.5).
  4. Promote the successful implementation and use of emerging instructional technologies (ELCC SBL and SDL 2.4, 3.2).
  5. Promote and sustain continuous improvement of instructional programs through the acquisition and efficient use of resources (ELCC SBL and SDL 1.3, 2.2, 3.2).
  6. Assess the success of programs through the collection and analysis of appropriate data (ELCC SBL and SDL 1.2, 4.1).
  7. Identify and respond appropriately to the needs of diverse sub-groups in the educational community (ELCC SBL and SKL 4.2,4.3,4.4,6.1).
  8. Advocate effectively for student success by influencing political decisions that provide resources for improvement initiatives and research-based practice (ELCC SBL and SDL 4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,6.1).
  9. Demonstrate positive habits of research, application, and reflection through participation in clinically rich field experiences (ELCC SBL and SDL 6.3,7.1,
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