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School Building Leader Certification (SBL)

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School Building Leader

Choose Saint Rose for your School Building Leader (SBL) M.S.Ed. or certification

Ready to devote yourself to helping students and colleagues flourish? After spending at least three years working in a school — whether as a classroom teacher or in personnel services, it may be time to dedicate energy to becoming a better leader to truly affect change in the educational institution.

If this is you, receiving a school building leader (SBL) certification may be the right path.

SBL certification from The College of Saint Rose prepares students pursuing leadership roles in school buildings and school district environments.

Our program offers cutting-edge theory and hands-on practice in a flexible format that fits your schedule, no matter the professional interests and career goals.

Typical roles for SBL certification graduates include department chair, curriculum specialist, supervisor, academic director, administrator, teacher leader/instructional coach, and assistant principal or principal.

Who Is Eligible for SDL Certification?

Choose from either the 24-credit certificate if you already hold an M.S.Ed. or a full 36-credit M.S.Ed. program, which includes the SBL certification.

Students who pursue SBL certification, which may also be referred to as principal certification, study at The Saint Rose Thelma P. Lally School of Education. The school has a longstanding reputation as a top-destination for current and future educators in Upstate New York, particularly the Albany and Saratoga Springs area.

SBL certification students receive instruction from highly experienced experts in their field and have opportunities to apply the theories they study to real-world scenarios.

Flexible to Meet Your Schedule

Because many working professionals will be part of every SBL certification cohort, it has always been important for Saint Rose to maintain maximum flexibility for students in the program.

Many courses for SBL certification are offered in the flex format, which means you can choose to attend class in person, online, or watch lectures at a convenient time.

The best part about the Saint Rose flex format is you don’t have to commit to one format for the duration of a class. Students can move between online and in person learning on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis, depending on their schedule. SBL certification can be earned entirely online if that’s what is needed.

SBL Program Highlights

Individual customization

You work closely with your assigned advisor to ensure that your program of study, internship, and overall experience, are appropriate and effective in meeting your personal and professional objectives.

Start Terms: Begin your course of study in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

  • Customizable schedule Choose your course sequence and proceed at your own pace. Many classes are offered on the weekend or as summer sessions.
  • Flexible format Many courses offer flex format, which allows you to choose in-person instruction, remote livestream, or online delivery for any class session.

Hit the ground running

Our formula for success combines school-leadership theory with high engagement and relevant practice.

  • Practical preparation
    Our expert full-time faculty are supported by adjunct field-based faculty, ensuring that students experience the demanding expectations on school leaders
  • Highly qualified cohort
    Work closely with bright, talented peers who will be the next generation of district leaders
  • Preparation for the NYS School Building Leader exam
    Unlike other colleges, we do not charge separately for this preparation
  • Cutting-edge learning
    The most-current theory, articles, and textbooks support critical perspectives in educational leadership

School Leadership Award

The scholarship award amount is $1200 per semester for 5 semesters. It cannot be combined with any other funding options.

In order to be or remain eligible, students must:

  • Be admitted to the SBL and SDL graduate certificate programs at The College of Saint Rose
  • Have submitted an Intent to Enroll form prior to the start of your graduate studies.
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 graduate credits per semester
  • Maintain good academic standing & a minimum GPA of 3.0

Note: Students enrolled in any of the CITE Educational Leadership certificate programs are not eligible for this award. Eligible students must contact the graduate admissions office via email at grad@strose.edu to have the scholarship applied.

What Our Students Say

The support and flexibility provided in the Educational Leadership and Administration program at Saint Rose have been instrumental in achieving my goal of school leadership. It has been a great experience both personally and professionally.

– Kelly Onorato G’04

Exceptional Faculty

Our faculty challenge and support you – and not just in the classroom

You’ll benefit from their guidance and mentorship while you’re a student, as well as in your ongoing career. Expert practitioners as well as respected researchers knowledgeable in trends throughout the field of education, our faculty hold themselves, and you, to the highest standards of ethics and academic excellence, and encourage you and your classmates to be effective in all aspects of educational leadership

Dr. Deborah Shea Assistant Professor

Dr. Shea has been an assistant professor and the coordinator for the school building leader and school district business leader programs at Saint Rose since 2018, and has been an assistant professor at The Sage Colleges since 2014. She has worked as an assistant superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction for grades K-12 and K-5, and principal at various school districts in the Capital Region and Central New York since 1992.

Her teaching interests include teaching and learning, organizational systems, change theory in organizations, and leadership theory and practices, and she has conducted research on teacher leadership and building social capital. Dr. Shea is author of the recently published text, Teacher Leadership Reimagined: A Social Network Approach.

Michele Jones, ESQ Adjunct Professor

Michele Jones is an adjunct professor at Saint Rose teaching school law for both SDBL and SBL CAS programs. A 2004 honors graduate of Albany Law School, she is currently a school attorney at Capital Region BOCES where she provides legal advice to the board of education on education issues, including Medicaid compliance and labor relations.

Dr. Mark Jones Adjunct Professor

Mark Jones has been an adjunct professor for Saint Rose since teaching Public School Finance. He serves as the Deputy District Superintendent and COO for the Capital Regions BOCES where he has been since 2004.  Prior to his current role, Jones served as the Assistant Superintendent for the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES, the Business Manager for Washington, Saratoga Warren, Hamilton, Essex BOCES, and Business Manager for the Hartford Central School District.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations from Skidmore College, a M.S and C.A.S from SUNY Albany and a Doctorate of Education from the Sage Colleges.

Dr. Deborah SheaAssistant Professor

Dr. Shea has been an assistant professor and the coordinator for the school building leader and school district business leader programs at Saint Rose since 2018, and has been an assistant professor at The Sage Colleges since 2014. She has worked as an assistant superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction for grades K-12 and K-5, and principal at various school districts in the Capital Region and Central New York since 1992.

Her teaching interests include teaching and learning, organizational systems, change theory in organizations, and leadership theory and practices, and she has conducted research on teacher leadership and building social capital. Dr. Shea is author of the recently published text, Teacher Leadership Reimagined: A Social Network Approach.

Michele Jones, ESQAdjunct Professor

Michele Jones is an adjunct professor at Saint Rose teaching school law for both SDBL and SBL CAS programs. A 2004 honors graduate of Albany Law School, she is currently a school attorney at Capital Region BOCES where she provides legal advice to the board of education on education issues, including Medicaid compliance and labor relations.

Dr. Mark JonesAdjunct Professor

Mark Jones has been an adjunct professor for Saint Rose since teaching Public School Finance. He serves as the Deputy District Superintendent and COO for the Capital Regions BOCES where he has been since 2004.  Prior to his current role, Jones served as the Assistant Superintendent for the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES, the Business Manager for Washington, Saratoga Warren, Hamilton, Essex BOCES, and Business Manager for the Hartford Central School District.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations from Skidmore College, a M.S and C.A.S from SUNY Albany and a Doctorate of Education from the Sage Colleges.

Curriculum and New York State Requirements

SBL Certification Requirements

  • Candidate must have earned the certification and hold a master’s degree, and have at least three years of grade P-12 full-time teaching experience, or three years of experience in pupil personnel services
  • Candidate must successfully complete the written and performance components of the state assessment in school building leadership

For certificate:

  • EDA 503 curriculum leadership for equity
  • EDA 505 principles of educational leadership and administration
  • EDA 510 supervision of teaching and learning
  • EDA 540 education law, ethics and policy
  • EDA 550 school finance, resources planning and personnel management
  • EDA 590 culturally responsive leadership
  • EDA 546 internship part 1
  • EDA 547 internship part 2
  • EDU 602 violence prevention
  • EDU 603 child abuse prevention
  • EDU 611 dignity for all students

Candidates for the M.S.Ed. must also complete six to nine credits in research tools, as well as three to six elective credits.

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Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.

 

Dr. Deborah Shea

Program Coordinator

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