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Edward Caffarella, Kevin Mack, Dwight Pfennig
For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration section of this catalog.
Program Description and Admission Requirements
The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) program prepares students to become school administrators. The program requires 30 to 36 credit hours, depending on the area of interest, including an administrative internship. You and your advisor will develop programs to fit your career goals.
School Building Leader [SBL] C.A.S. (Track 1)
School District Leader [SDL] C.A.S. (Track 2)
School District Business Leader [SDBL] C.A.S. (Track 3)
School Building Leader and School District Leader [SBL_SDL] C.A.S. (Track 4)
School Building Leader, School District Leader and School District Business Leader [SBL_SDL_SDBL] C.A.S. (Track 5)
- Subject and content area supervisors
- Building administrators
- Directors of athletics and physical education
- Business officials
- Central office administrators
The SUNY Cortland Educational Leadership Department prepares educational leaders by preparing administrators to integrate theory and practice to develop schools and other learning communities effectively.
A Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) will be given to those who have been accepted and satisfactorily completed all program requirements. You must hold an earned master’s degree before being admitted into the program.
In addition to successfully passing all applicable New York State Assessments, if you are a candidate for school building leader (SBL) and school district leader (SDL) you must hold a permanent or professional New York state teaching certificate and complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of approved graduate study above the bachelor’s degree. If you are a candidate for the school district business leader (SDBL), you must complete 66 credit hours of approved graduate study (a maximum of 30 credits may be transferred in from a previously earned master’s degree).
The New York State Education Department requires for the initial certificate as a school building leader that you shall have successfully completed three years of classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service experience in public or non-public schools. The New York State Education Department requires for the professional certificate as a school district leader that you shall have successfully completed three years of classroom teaching service and/or educational leadership service and/or pupil personnel service experience in public or non-public schools N-12.
The school building leader (SBL) certificate issued by New York state enables you to qualify for positions at the building level, such as principal and assistant principal.
The school district leader (SDL) certificate issued by New York state enables you to qualify for positions at the district level, such as superintendent and many assistant superintendent positions.
The school district business leader (SDBL) certificate issued by New York state enables you, if you do not have teaching credentials, to qualify for positions having professional responsibilities for the business operation of a school district.
All students must complete the requirements for an administrative internship under the supervision of a practicing school administrator and a representative of SUNY Cortland. Several time-options for satisfying the internship requirement are available and must be approved by the department chair. All internships must be scheduled in a block of time that is during the regular student school day schedule.
The internship for the SDBL must be conducted in a business office environment. Completion of at least 21 credit hours of course work before beginning the internship experience is required. At least six of the core courses must be completed with the 21 credit hours.
Advisement is available from the full-time faculty.
New York State Assessments for Administrative Certification
All candidates graduating from programs in educational leadership are required to successfully complete the appropriate Educational Leadership Examination for School Building Leader (SBL), School District Leader (SDL), and School District Business Leader (SDBL). Satisfactory performance on the appropriate assessment is required for certification in Educational Leadership titles for all graduates.
Graduates of programs that lead to certification as a School District Leader (SDL) and/or a School District Business Leader (SDBL) are required to achieve a satisfactory score on the appropriate certification examination as a condition of graduation from SUNY Cortland as well as for New York State certification.
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