School District Leader (SDL) Advanced Certificate

The SDL Advanced Certificate program is for qualified individuals interested in leadership opportunities such as superintendent, associate superintendent, or other district-level administrative positions.

The School District Leader (SDL) Advanced Certificate program serves as an additional component of the Ed.D. program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the materials and credentials outlined in the general admission requirements and Ed.D. admission requirements, individuals applying for admission to the School District Leader program must meet the following prerequisites and provide verification:

  • Possess a valid School Administrator/Supervisor (SAS) certificate or School Building Leader (SBL) certificate from an approved program
  • Have three or more years of teaching, pupil personnel services, and/or school leadership experience
  • Completion of the Child Abuse Identification Workshop and School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop (if applicable)
  • Completion of the Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention workshop. The workshop can be completed during the program and must be completed prior to graduation.

In accordance with New York State Education Department requirements, candidates in the SDL program will be required to take and pass the New York State SDL Licensure Exam, successfully complete a minimum of 60 credits of graduate study, which includes 30 transfer credits from an approved master’s degree program and 30 hours of additional coursework provided by this program.

To comply with New York State regulations, all doctoral applicants seeking School District Leader certification must provide St. John Fisher College with official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Millers Analogy Test (MAT), or the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST).

For specific information regarding the School District Leader certificate, please contact Dr. Jeannine Dingus-Eason at (585) 385-8002 or jdingus@sjfc.edu.

Program Courses

The SDL Advanced Certificate component is integrated within 13 existing courses in the Ed.D. program, and one 3-credit district level internship (DEXL 723). The courses were specifically chosen to provide a sequence that addresses the district-level knowledge, skills, and experiences that will prepare persons holding building-level certification to apply their knowledge and skills to the district level.