2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 02, 2023  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School Building Leader [SBL] C.A.S. (Track 1)

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Educational Leadership Department
Kevin Mack, chair
Cornish Hall, Room 1213
(607) 753-2444
Fax: (607) 758-5007


Augment your perspective and skill in administration as you take the next step to advance your career in educational leadership if you hold a master’s degree and permanent or professional teaching certification in New York. Discover valuable approaches for integrating theory and practice to effectively develop schools and other learning communities when you choose the school building leader C.A.S. program at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

With the guidance of our expert educational leadership faculty, you’ll explore key topics in finance, curriculum, special programs and organization. You’ll also investigate critical legal issues and the role a principal plays in creating a dynamic educational environment. In addition, you’ll delve into strategic supervision and leadership. This program will prepare you for New York state’s School Building Leader Assessment.

Culminating Experience

In addition to completing an internship in educational leadership, you’ll participate in a culminating seminar that blends your classroom and practical experiences.

Career Potential

When you successfully complete the school building leader C.A.S. program, you’re well prepared to take on the responsibilities of any building administrator position.

Admission Requirements 

To be considered for the Educational Leadership program, you must include, in addition to the completed graduate school application, the following materials:

  1. Certification and Degree: Proof of permanent or professional New York state teaching certification for the school building leader (SBL) and school district leader (SDL) programs and an official transcript showing the master’s degree already conferred.
  2. Resume: An updated resume with a minimum of three references with current telephone numbers.
  3. Recommendations: Three Candidate Recommendation Forms, which are available as part of the online application. These recommendation forms must be completed by practicing school leaders who support your candidacy. Once completed by the reference, the forms should be returned to you in a signed and sealed envelope to insure confidentiality. They should be included in the submitted packet. Please note the following:
    1. If you are from the teaching field, you must have one form from an administrator in your district’s central office, a second form from your immediate supervisor and a third form from a practicing educational administrator of your choice.
    2. If you are from a non-teaching, non-traditional background, you must have one recommendation form from your current organization’s chief executive officer, one form from your immediate supervisor and a third form from an educational supervisor/administrator of your choice.
  4. Essay: A written essay (one-to-two pages only, word processed, double-spaced with 12-point type) that addresses the following question: What is your vision of the school leader in American public schools of the 21st century?
    1. This essay is due with all other application materials and becomes part of the application file; this paper should not be handed in at a separate time.
    2. This paper should be well written in the form and quality that a future school leader would proudly provide a superintendent and/or board of education for review. A rubric for this essay is available as part of the online application.

This completed packet, along with the admissions application, is to be submitted to the SUNY Cortland Admissions Office. Once the application is complete, it will be scheduled for review by the Educational Leadership Department faculty committee.

Apply for the school building leader C.A.S.

Course Sequence

Note: Non-matriculated graduate students (NON) who intend to matriculate into the C.A.S. program, but wish to enroll in a prior semester, are eligible to register for EDL 613, 615, 616, 657 or 678 only. All other EDL classes require matriculation into the C.A.S. program.

Note: Students who take EDL 690 as an elective can obtain both the SBL and SDL — School Building and School District Leader [CAS_SBL_SDL] certificate. See Track 4  for additional information.

  • EDL ___: Elective

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

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