Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration - School Building or District Leader Concentration

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Students entering Educational Administration (EDA) have a career goal of school administrator, e.g., Assistant Principal, Principal, Director/Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent. Participation in the program leads to an advanced degree: Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) and an endorsement for certification as a School Building (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL). This certification is required for any administrative or leadership position in a New York State school district.

Courses are offered on Saturdays from 9-4:30 with an occasional offering of a weeknight course. We are sensitive to school breaks. No classes are scheduled during those times. Courses are offered all three semesters, Fall, Spring, Summer. Most classes are held at SUNY Brockport's MetroCenter in downtown Rochester.

Students can elect to be part of a cohort, taking courses together during the 6 semesters required to complete the program. Graduates report the tremendous networking potential that grows out of a cohort. Cohorts begin each fall and spring semester.

Periodically a cohort will be scheduled at an off campus site. Examples of such sites are Greater Southern Tier BOCES, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES.

The Educational Administration program is approved by the New York State Department of Education for both School Building (SBL) and School District (SDL) Leader certification. The program is also accredited through NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).

Admission to the Program

Students apply to this CAS program through the Center for Graduate Studies. Applicants to the program must have:

  • an earned master's degree from an accredited institution
  • at least a 3.0 GPA in the highest degree earned
  • have two years of service in teaching or pupil services

The application consists of:

  • general personal information in an online application
  • one letter of recommendation from a principal or higher
  • an identified mentor
  • transcripts of all prior college-level coursework
  • attendance at a program information meeting

For additional information on admissions or to start your application, contact the Center for Graduate Studies.

On Mentors:

Students in the program are required to have a mentor who is employed as a principal or higher. Typically, the letter of recommendation is from the mentor. If the recommendation is not from the mentor, then a second letter must be included from a principal or higher who agrees to serve as the student's mentor for the program.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

Students in the SBL/SDL concentration of the CAS in Educational Administration must:

  • pass the New York State SDL certification exam (even if only electing to receive SBL certification)
  • complete the program within five years

The program consists of 36 credits of coursework:

  • EDA 600 Foundations in Educational Leadership
  • EDA 678 Models of Effective Supervision
  • EDA 694 Resource Management
  • EDA 830 Program Management and Instructional Leadership
  • EDA 871 Legal Basis of Education
  • EDA 885 Practicum in Educational leadership
  • EDA 888 Internship


  1. EDA 600 is the first course to be taken in the sequence.
  2. EDA 885 may only be taken after successful completion of 12 credits.
  3. EDA 888 and EDA 896 cannot be taken until all other required courses have been successfully completed. Students must maintain at least a B average in order to take the last two courses.
  4. Current New York State Regulations state that job applicants must have the certification for the job for which they are applying. The Department strongly encourages students to pursue both SBL/SDL certifications regardless of their current career path.

SBL/SDL Certification

The State of New York Department of Education offers certification of school building leaders (SBL) and school district leaders (SDL). Educational Administration has been certified by the New York State Education Department to provide a courses of study to meet the requirements for both SBL and SDL certifications. As of the production of this catalog, additional requirements for these certifications include:

  • three years of teaching or pupil services experience
  • Passing the SDL/SBL examinations
  • Passing EAS – Educating All Students Exam
  • Fingerprinting clearance
  • Child abuse seminars
  • Dignity for All Students Act training
  • apply to Brockport's Certification Office for an endorsement to TEACH
  • Application for certification through TEACH upon graduation
  • Payment of required test and certification fees

However, because the State of New York Department of Education controls the criteria for eligibility, this College and Department cannot be held responsible for changes made during your matriculation and/or after your graduation. Students are advised to consult with Brockport's Certification Office and maintain awareness of changes that may happen to their certification requirements.