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Educational Leadership Combined School Building Leader/School District Leader (SBL/SDL), C.A.S.

About the Program

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This post-master’s degree program leads to a certificate of advanced study (CAS) in educational leadership and to New York State certification of both School Building Leader and School District Leader.

About the Elementary Education and Reading Department Department

302 Bacon Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5916
Fax: (716) 878-6033

Admission Requirements

1. Evidence of a valid permanent or professional certificate in classroom teaching, pupil personnel service, or administration that was issued by any state or national government (submit copy).

2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

3. Three recommendation forms that attest to applicant potential as an educational leader. Department forms may be downloaded at

4. Three years of successful teaching and/or supervisory and/or pupil personnel service experience in schools or agencies (pre-K-12).

5. An interview providing evidence of successful leadership potential.

6. Evidence of satisfactory verbal and written English language skills.

7. Acceptable score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the catalog.

Program Requirements

1. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required to remain in the program.

2. Coursework (including transfer credit) and field and internship experiences must be completed within six years of the date of enrollment in the program.

3. An application for admission to candidacy, signed by the student, the student’s academic adviser, the department chair, and the School of Education dean, must be submitted to the Graduate School after the completion of 6 credit hours and before the completion of 12 credit hours.

4. A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study may be included in the program.

5. At the completion of 24 credit hours of coursework in EDL, students may enroll in EDL 703 (Educational Leadership Internship, a 3-credit course). At the completion of the EDL 703 internship and at the completion of each field experience, a letter grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) is awarded.

6. All coursework must receive a minimum grade of C to meet program requirements.

7. A maximum of 12 graduate credit may be transferred upon approval. Only grades of B or better will be accepted as transfer credit.

Required Courses 27 credits
EDL 552 Public School Law
EDL 606 School-Community Relations
EDL 607 Site-Based Leadership
EDL 612 School Business Management and Finance
EDL 630 Curriculum Leadership
EDL 631 Supervision of Teaching
EDL 702 Educational Leadership Field Experiences
EDL 703 Educational Leadership Internship
EDL 704 Seminar in Educational Change

Elective Courses 6 credits
Select two courses from the following list
EDL 500 Multicultural Education
EDL 559 Principles of Creative Problem Solving
EDL 560 Methods, Theories, and Models of Creative Learning
EDL 590 Advanced School Law (course by contract)
EDL 602 Administration of Special Education Programs
EDL 608 Administration of Programs for the Young Child
EDL 610 Methods of Adult Education
EDL 652 Special Education School Law
EDL 683 Facilitation of Group Problem Solving
EDL 706 Problems in Leadership
EDL 707 Computer Applications in Education Administration
EDL 714 Personnel Administration in Schools
EDU 646 Literacy Leadership

Total Required Credit Hours 33 credits

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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