Effective September 2004, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) sanctions school administration in New York State by three certifications: School Building Leader (SBL), School District Leader (SDL), and School District Business Leader (SDBL). New York State requires any person serving more than 10 periods per week in public school building-level administrative responsibilities to hold SBL certification. Illustrative titles requiring this certification include principal, vice principal, department chair, and grade-level coordinator. Superintendents, assistant superintendents and numerous other central office administrative positions require the SDL certification. School business administrators and assistant superintendents for business require the SDBL certification.
There are two programs housed within the Department of Educational Administration at SUNY Brockport.
The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Educational Administration. An earned master's degree is required for entrance into this program.
The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Business Administration. Candidates entering the School Business Administration program without an earned master's degree may earn the master's degree as part of this program.
The CAS in Educational Administration Program prepares individuals to be instructional leaders in school buildings and district offices. Candidates who complete the program’s educational requirements and successfully pass the School District Leader (SDL) leadership assessment administered by the New York State Education Department are awarded the CAS in Educational Administration, which is the post-masters/pre-doctorate degree. In addition, the CAS Program in Educational Administration offered at Brockport is comprehensive and leads to successful candidates being eligible to apply for both the School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) administrative certifications issued by the New York State Education Department. The SBL and SDL administrative certifications will not be issued by the New York State Education Department until the candidate has taken and successfully passed both the SBL and SDL leadership assessments.
The CAS in School Business Administration program is designed expressly for candidates seeking school district business positions. Upon completion of the SBA Program and successfully passing the School District Business Leader (SDBL) leadership assessment administered by the New York State Education Department, candidates are awarded the CAS in School Business Administration and are then eligible to apply for the School District Business Leader (SDBL) certification issued by the New York State Education Department.
As a result of the changes in administrative certification effective September 2004, candidates entering a program of study in educational leadership are no longer able to apply to the NYSED for administrative certification through the process of direct application. All applications for administrative certification for those candidates entering a program effective September 2004 and after must be through the process of institutional endorsement, which means the successful completion/graduation from an approved program registered with the NYSED.
In addition to the educational and experiential requirements for these certifications, NYSED also plans to institute a testing/assessment piece for each administrative certification plus a continuing education/professional development requirement. However, details about these have not yet been provided. Once provided, this web site will be updated with that information.