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School Building Leader (SBL) - ADV CERT

Program Overview:

The programs in Educational Leadership and Administration prepare students for careers in educational leadership in school building and school district environments at public, non-public, private, state and national agency levels. Educational leadership program options are available to meet a variety of student interests and career goals. Roles may also include department chair, curriculum specialist, supervisor, academic director, or administrator at the elementary, middle, or high school level; or teacher leader/ instructional coach. Programs include a Master of Science in Education (concentration in School Building Leadership or School District Business Leadership), and advanced certificates leading to New York State certification as a School Building Leader (SBL), School District Leader (SDL), or School District Business Leader (SDBL).  

The preparation programs combine school leadership theory with h practice so program graduates are fully prepared to be successful school leaders. The combination of full-time faculty supported by adjunct field based faculty, ensures a student’s preparation is relevant, practical, and replicates the demanding expectations of school leadership.  In most cases, students will be required to be matriculated into a program prior to being able to register for classes. Students are expected to work closely with the assigned college adviser to ensure that the program of study and experience are both appropriate and meaningful for meeting individuals’ personal and professional goals.

The School Building Leader:

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 specialty subject area director for a building; or an Assistant Principal, or Building Principal. Students choose the courses and speed of program completion. Courses may be offered in a variety of options including weekday late afternoons, evenings, occasional Saturdays, or full days during the summer. 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 to qualify for the SBL New York State certificate, students must have earned the advanced certificate, a master’s degree, and have 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).  

Program Contacts:

Dr. Deborah Shea

Coordinator, Educational Leadership and Administration programs


Program Webpage:

Program Requirements:

The SBL program is a 24-credit hour program including 6 core courses and a 6-credit hour internship experience of at least 600 in-district hours. 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 if requested. Students must also take and pass the New York State School Leadership Assessment for School Building Leaders which is usually taken towards the completion of a student’s program.  Students must also possess a master’s degree to meet the SBL certification requirement. 

New York State Certification Test:

The New York State Education Department requires candidates for the School Building Leadership (SBL) certificate to successfully complete the written and performance components of the state assessment in School Building Leadership. For further information on testing:

a. Required Core (18 Credits)

EDA 503Curr Ldrshp for Equity


EDA 505Principles of Ed Ldrshp&Admin


EDA 510Suprvsn of Tching & Lrning


EDA 540Education Law, Ethics & Policy


EDA 550Sch Fin, Res Plan & Pers Mgmt


EDA 590Culturally Responsive Ldrshp


b. Internship (6 Credits)

Students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at The College of Saint Rose before initiating the internship. Students must also complete EDA 510 Supervision & Teacher Development prior to initiating part II of the internship, EDA 547. Fingerprinting clearance from the New York State Department of Education is also required prior to initiating the internship. Fingerprinting information is available on the NYSED “TEACH” website:

EDA 546Part 1Intern:Educ Lead & Admin


EDA 547Part 2 Intern:Educ Lead & Admi


c. Required Workshops (0 Credits)

EDU 602Violence Prevention


EDU 603Child Abuse Prevention


EDU 611Dignity For All Students


Final Evaluation

The final evaluation of SBL candidates is based on the following criteria:

1.   Demonstrated competency in course work; and

2.   Demonstrated competency in the internship placement.

3.   Students meeting all other requirements

Students who complete the School Building Leader certification program and who have completed a prior Master’s Degree will qualify to receive a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from The College of Saint Rose.

Professional Accreditation:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs are fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The specialized accrediting agencies noted below are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation: Programs offered by The College of Saint Rose for the preparation of all school professionals, leading to initial and advanced certifications, are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

General Admission Information

Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed application, a resume, and Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study.
  2. Evidence of the possession of a U.S.  baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary education.
  3. Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation. The Communication Sciences & Disorders and School Psychology programs requirethree letters of recommendation.
  4. A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major.
  5. Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops.

Applicants to The College of Saint Rose are responsible for completing their applications by submitting all required components. Prospective students can access the online application and application instructions at

See Graduate Admissions section for more information.

Financial Aid

The College of Saint Rose has long been committed to the premise that a quality education should be within the reach of qualified students. To this end, the College serves its student body through a comprehensive program of federal, state, and institutional financial aid. While the basic responsibility for financing education lies with the students and their families, scholarships, loans, and/or assistantships can supplement insufficient family resources. The amount of aid available through the College is limited and is awarded on the basis of academic merit. All financial assistance from the College is subject to adjustment if the recipients are later granted aid from other sources. Financial aid awards are contingent upon students’ maintaining good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress.

See Financial Aid section for more information.

Additional Admissions Information:

For admission to the program, applicants must provide the following:

1.   A completed application from The College of Saint Rose;

2.   Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;

3.   Verification of permanent or professional certification status;

4.   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);

5.   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

6.   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.

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