2018-19 Graduate Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2021  
2018-19 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School District Leader [SDL] C.A.S.

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Educational Leadership Program

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
Brian Barrett, chair
Cornish Hall, Room 1213
Fax: 607-758-5007


Expand your capacity to envision district-wide impact and improvement in education as you learn to integrate theory and practice to effectively develop schools and other learning communities. If you hold a master's degree and permanent or professional teaching certification in New York, you can advance your career in educational leadership by choosing the school district leader C.A.S. program at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

Under the direction of our expert educational leadership faculty, you'll investigate critical topics in finance, special education, curriculum and organization. You'll also explore important legal issues, the elements and value of strategic supervision and key qualities for guiding a school district. This program will prepare you for New York state's School District Leader Assessment.

Culminating Experience

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

Career Potential

With your successful completion of the school district leader C.A.S. program, you're well prepared for the responsibilities of positions such as subject and content area supervisor, director of athletics and physical education, director of special education, curriculum coordinator, superintendent or central office administrator.

To further enhance your marketability in the work force, we strongly suggest you apply, if qualified, for the school building leader/school district leader degree.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application – Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, indicating the master's degree already conferred
  3. Proof of permanent or professional New York state teaching certification
  4. Evidence of a minimum of three years classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service such as speech therapist, school psychologist, etc. in a P-12 school setting
  5. Recommendations: 
    1. from an administrator in your district's central office
    2. from your immediate supervisor
    3. from another educational supervisor/administrator of your choice
  6. 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.

      GRE scores are not required.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate grade point average of 3.0 and above and a satisfactory rating of the supporting documents as determined by the department. All candidates must have a minimum of three years classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service such as speech therapist, school psychologist, etc. in a P-12 school setting.


Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Transfer Credit Guidelines for Educational Leadership Programs

Per College policy, graduate students may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate course work from another institution with the approval of the graduate coordinator. For the C.A.S. programs in school building, school district and school district business leadership, the graduate coordinator will closely review proposed course work to be sure the content aligns with the content of the equivalent course work at SUNY Cortland. This is to ensure that any course content taken at another institution is situated in the context of educational leadership within New York state, which has unique policies and laws governing the processes of P-12 schooling. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek to transfer only those courses offered at accredited institutions of higher education in New York state within a state-registered educational leadership program. No course work should be taken at another institution without prior written permission of the educational leadership graduate coordinator.

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. Per College policy, a graduate student can take only up to nine credit hours as a nonmatriculated student.

Due to the related nature of Cortland's C.A.S. program, students may elect to pursue the School Building Leader [SBL] and School District Leader [SDL] concurrently. When applying, please indicate your interest in the concurrent program.

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

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