The School Building Leader Advanced Certificate
The School Building Leader (SBL) advanced certificate program prepares students to assume roles in school buildings or single building departments as instructional leaders. Typical roles may include Subject Director for a Building; Assistant Principal, and Building Principal. Students choose the courses and speed of program completion, and will work with a variety of other students. Courses are usually offered weekday evenings, some occasional Saturdays, and full days during the summer for those interested. The size and design of our program ensures students will likely work and study with many familiar faces helping create a colleague support system that often lasts an entire leadership career. Students may begin either in Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Program completion can range from 18-24 months but may be longer depending upon student speed of schedule and student background and preparation. At the conclusion of the program and to qualify for the SBL New York State certificate, students must have the advanced certificate, a Masters degree and at least three years of grade P-12 full time teaching experience, public or private, or three years of Pupil Personnel Services. (PPS).
The SBL program features a 24-credit hour program including 6 core courses and a 6-credit hour internship experience of 600 in-district hours. Core courses include: EDA 503, Curriculum Revision; EDA 505, Introduction to Leadership; EDA 510, Supervision; EDA 540, School Law; EDA 550, School Finance; EDA 590 Critical Issues in Educational Leadership; and the two part internship, EDA 546 and EDA 547. The program can be completed, depending upon the time availability and need of the student, in as little as 18 months or longer depending upon frequency of courses taken, etc. Most students complete in 24-36 months. Students must also take and pass the New York State School Leadership Assessment for School Building Leaders towards the completion of a student’s program. Although students usually are able to conduct internships in the schools in which they are already employed, the College can assist those seeking internship placements.
The School District Leader Advanced Certificate
The School District Leader advanced certificate prepares students to assume most district-wide or multiple building responsibility leadership roles. Typical district leadership titles might include Director of a Subject Area for multiple locations or levels; Director of Instruction, Assistant Superintendent, or Superintendent of Schools. Program completion requires students to meet New York State SDL qualifications for certification including a Masters Degree, 60 graduate hours, and at least three years of grade P-12 full time teaching experience, public or private, or three years of experience in Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), or school leadership.
The number of credits required depends upon several variables, including possessing a Masters Degree and what institution the student completed the SBL certification preparation. If a student came from The College of Saint Rose Educational Leadership program and met other requirements, the student can complete our program in as little as 6 credits (EDA 601 District Level Leadership & Management, and EDA 602 School District/Community Policy & Politics). In addition to these two courses, students completing SBL administrative work at other colleges will likely need a minimum of 6-9 additional credits to meet the SDL preparation requirements. The course requirements for these students are determined at the time of application and depend upon background and preparation. Students may furnish a copy of the transcript for review by departmental faculty who can provide pending course requirements after student acceptance into the program. The cornerstone courses for the SDL program (EDA 601 & EDA 602) are typically offered in the summer over 9 full-days as part of a Summer Leadership Institute. Students with school administration preparation backgrounds from other institutions would be required at a minimum to take EDA 505, Introduction to Leadership, and EDA 590, Critical Issues in Educational Leadership in addition to the course requirements described above. The courses are typically offered in the fall semester.
School District Business Leader Advanced Certificate
The School District Business Leader advanced certificate program is a fully on-line format. The program prepares students to assume school business and school financial district wide leadership roles including Business Administrator, Director of Finance or Business, or Assistant Superintendent for Finance or Business. The first class cohort class began in January 2016. Each January, a new cohort begins. Application for this program is competitive. The program is a collaboration between the New York State Association of Business Officials (NYSASBO) and The College of Saint Rose Educational Leadership program. Dues paying members of NYSASBO also receive a special membership tuition reduction.
The on-line program is a rigorous combination of asynchronous (learn at your own rate and convenience) and synchronous learning (scheduled on-line live sessions). There is no on-campus in person requirement. Each cohort studies and progresses through course work together. Cohorts take two courses per semester and a single course during the summer session. Since each session on-line can be recorded, students who cannot attend the synchronous class at the scheduled time may be able to view the class asynchronously. An administrative internship in a school district business or financial office over one to two semesters is the capstone activity. In meeting New York State internship requirements, the internship must include a minimum of 600 hours for this field based experience. The program may assist students in locating a school district business office internship placement. The 24 credit hour program leads to New York State certification as a School District Business Leader (SDBL) after meeting other New York requirements. Courses all focus on leadership and management of financial and district resources that support learning. Courses include: EDA 506 Introduction to Leadership; EDA 540 School Law; EDA 543 Personnel Administration; EDA 551 School Finance; EDA 589 Management Practicum; EDA 591 Critical Issues; and EDA 596/597 Internship.
Prior to certification by New York State, candidates will need to accumulate a minimum of 60 graduate hours (36 hours plus the 24 from the on-line program) and pass the NYSTCE SDBL Assessment. Obtaining a New York State SDBL certification provides graduates with greater career opportunities, geographical flexibility, and leadership enhancement and better serves school districts.
Masters Degree in Education – Concentration in Educational Leadership
The Masters Degree in Education, with a concentration in Educational Leadership, provides students with the required Masters Degree to meet New York State administrative certifications, as well as prepares students not pursuing certification, with a broad perspective of school leadership and improving student outcomes.
The program is a combination of 24 credit hour program in school leadership (SBL or SDBL) and 12 additional credits, six credits in educational research tools and six credits in electives meeting student interest and linked to school leadership. The 12 credits may be taken on-line depending upon course availability and student course requirements.
Students who wish to pursue administrative certification in New York State must take the internship, EDA 546 and EDA 547, a 600-hour in-district internship. Students who do not wish or do not qualify for administrative certification will complete a 3-6 credit clinical field experience, EDA 586 Field Based Experience.
Applying for Program Admission
For admission to the program, applicants must provide the following:
- A completed application from The College of Saint Rose;
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
- Verification of permanent or professional certification status;
- For SBL admission verification of at least three years of approved teaching and/or pupil personnel experience in a P-12 school setting (exceptions to the three-year teaching requirement are made in special circumstances upon the recommendation of the educational leadership program faculty; these candidates will not be eligible for New York State SBL certification until and unless the experience requirement is met);
- Verification of at least three years of approved administrative experience in a P-12 school setting may be substituted for the teaching and/or pupil personnel experience for SDL certification but not for SBL certification; and
- At least two letters of recommendation: one from a school administrator, which must attest to the individual’s good character and potential as an administrator; and one from a professional who is qualified to evaluate the applicant’s scholarship. It is expected that the school administrator who acts as a reference for the applicant will be willing to mentor the applicant throughout the applicant’s administrative program at The College of Saint Rose.
For more information regarding application and admission, please visit the web page: http://www.strose.edu/admissions/graduate-students/.