School Building Leadership
Department of Language, Learning, and Leadership
The members of the School Building Leadership program, as part of the Language, Learning
and Leadership Department, welcome those experienced, certified and recommended teachers
who wish to accept the responsibilities of building and district leadership. The challenges
of today's educational needs, accountabilities, responsibilities and rewards are the
most daunting elements of change in our society. The blending of the arts and sciences
of teaching is the success model for those who can nurture the life long love of learning
and care of children.
All, who meet the entrance requirements, are welcome. All who work hard to achieve
both individual and institutional goals may stay and all who can sustain the challenge
of responsibility, accountability and the demands of quality education for each child
The SBL program encourages teaching and learning in formal and informal settings on
and off campus, as well as through field experiences in component districts as an
institution of higher education, recognized by the State of New York Education Department,
delivering a comprehensive service developing the many aspects of leadership. It is
the responsibility of the SUNY-Fredonia, the program student- cohort, the instructors
and the individual candidates to achieve the potential providing administrative, supervisory
and leadership personnel to the many school districts of the State of New York and
to achieve individual personal success in quality life opportunities in life long
Within the last 5 years, there have been more than a dozen appointments to state school
districts in administrative/leadership positions and an equal number of teacher/leadership
positions. Our candidates, either individually or within a cohort, have been successfully
represented throughout the region. The prospect for success is great.
The School Building Leader (SBL) program is in the process of expanding the foundations
of course selections so as to be able to provide an opportunity for candidates to
work toward a School District Leadership (SDL) position.
The demand for quality persons to fill the increasing demand for building leaders
and district leaders is at an all time high. The number of retiring superintendents
and principals is going to demand several hundred administrative/leader candidates.
Our program will help supply outstanding candidates for these positions. The prospect
Overview, Description and Purpose of Program
The Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership is available to candidates
who already possess teaching certification, a master's degree in education or a related
field, and three years of satisfactory teaching or professional experience in a Pre-K-12
setting. The program leads to a recommendation to the New York State Education Department
for initial certification as a School Building Leader (SBL). The program consists
of 30 semester hours of graduate-level courses including a 600-clock hour internship,
an internship comprehensive oral portfolio and a yet to be written state examination.
This certificate allows the candidate to assume such roles as principal, assistant
principal, supervisor, department chairperson, or program coordinator.
The Advanced Certificate leading to the SBL is the key to entering administrative
positions in our component school districts throughout the state. Teachers and other
education professionals who are ready to assume positions of leadership find this
program enhancing not only to achieve administrative or supervisory positions, but
to also improve their teaching skills. The program is also the beginning step to obtain
the SDL ( School District Leader) positions allowing the candidate to be a superintendent,
assistant superintendent, district personal director and other positions with district
Admission and Program Requirements
Requirements for admission to the program without deficiencies are:
- New York State Education Department teaching certification.
- Master's degree in education or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Three years satisfactory teaching or professional experience in a Pre-K-12 school
- Two written recommendations from the candidate's school superintendent and immediate
- Approval of the Program Coordinator, LLL Department Chair and the Dean of the College
Program Advisement Form: School Building Leadership
Please note additional program requirements. For general admission requirements, please see the Application Procedures.
|A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level courses, including a 600-clock hour
||Principles of School Administration and Leadership
||School Building Leader
||Supervision I: Theory and Practice
||Supervision II: Supervision to Improve Instruction
||Internship I: Educational Leadership
||Internship II: Educational Leadership
||Public School Finance
||Contemporary Problems in School Leadership
||Public School Law
||Creating Safe and Productive Schools
|Internship Portfolio providing evidence of the candidate's impact on students in a Pre-K-12 setting.
|Comprehensive oral or written examination that covers the professional component of the student's program, as determined by
|TOTAL FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION