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School Building Leader Certificate

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School Building Leader Certificate

Program Benefits

  • Gain administrative certification.
  • Learn from experienced practitioners.
  • Be eligible for promotion within your school district.
  • Study full-time or part-time in Queensbury.
  • Convenient hours: take courses in the afternoon and evening so you may continue working as a substitute or full-time teacher.
  • 50% of instruction is online.
  • Add school district leadership certification with just eight more credits.

Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leader (30 credits)

The educational leadership program is designed to prepare school leaders, using the knowledge and skills identified in the Educational Leadership Constituent Council Guidelines and the policy standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). These programs build on previous work experience and graduate coursework.

The 30-credit hour program enables you to qualify for a New York State Administrative Certificate at the building (SBL certificate) level. Once SBL certification has been obtained, you may choose to additionally pursue the 8-credit hour program to gain certification at the district level (SDL).


The program includes a 400 hour internship, consisting of elementary, middle school, high school, and central office experiences. Most hours will be completed at your primary site.

Internships are an integrated experience in the program and are spread over an entire school year. The internship experience is guided by a set of competencies based on the ISLLC, ISTE-NETS, and TEACC guidelines and standards.

Interns are expected to participate in school functions that occur before and after college semesters begin and end. Each intern has a school-based mentor — an experienced practitioner who signs a contract agreeing to the requirements which comprise the experience.

In addition, a college internship supervisor will be assigned for the year. This highly experienced school leader will make periodic site visits to meet with the intern and mentor in order to assess progress and/or needs.

The intern is expected to keep a log during the internship which serves as evidence of the abilities gained in the identified competencies.

Cornerstone Project

Skill development in the program is driven by four cornerstone projects and the internship. The cornerstone projects involve implementing school change through professional development, annual professional performance review of classroom teachers, the assessment of teaching and learning using student assessment data, and core-value leadership peer and self-assessment.

Admission Requirements

The School Building Leader C.A.S. program at our branch campus offers rolling admission and accepts applications at any time for spring, summer, or fall matriculation. All required application items must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the semester you wish to start the program, for full admission consideration.

The following items are required for admission:

Program Requirements

Continuing from Teacher Leadership to the SBL Program

Current teacher leadership students who would like to be considered for continuation into the school building leader program have a simplified admission process. Only the following items are required to complete your continuation application:

Continuing from SBL to the SDL Program

Current school building leader students who would like to be considered for continuation into the school district leader program have a simplified admission process. Only the following items are required to complete your continuation application:

Continuation applications are evaluated for admission in the same manner as regular applications. You will receive a decision notification after the department’s review.

Note: Admission deposits for continuing students are waived and there is no new application fee.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For information about educational leadership at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Michael Johnson

Office: J. Buckley Bryan, Jr., Regional Higher Education Center
SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury
640 Bay Road-Suite 2
Queensbury, NY 12804
Phone: (518) 312-6057
Email: [email protected]