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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED STUDY IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP?
For students who have completed a Master’s Degree, the Educational Leadership program offers a degree to satisfy the requirements of The Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration (C.A.S.). The program also permits SUNY Cortland to recommend students to the New York State Education Department for various educational leadership certifications including the School District Leader (SDL), School District Business Leader (SDBL), and School Building Leader (SBL).
WHAT IS THE EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?
The Educational Leadership Program has four tracks. The first two tracks would typically be applied for by students who hold permanent or professional teaching certification in New York and are interested in becoming certified school administrators. These tracks are the School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL). Those students successfully completing all coursework and the internship may qualify for both these certifications, thereby making themselves more marketable in employment. The third track – School District Business Leader (SDBL) - would be applied for normally by students who are not permanently or professional certified to teach but hold a master’s degree and are interested in applying for the NYS certification as a school business administrator. The fourth track leads to certification as both a School District Leader and a School Building Leader and is the track taken by most students.
Program Requirements for Certificate of Advanced Study
Students entering the program (SBL and SDL) who hold a Master’s degree and permanent or professional teaching certification in New York must complete 27 hours of course work and a minimum of 3 hours of internship credit (27 hours of course work + 3 hours of internship credit = 30).
Requirements for School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) students
SUNY Cortland students planning to acquire the SBL and/or SDL certificates must complete 27 hours of required course work plus an administrative internship. For those students wishing to qualify for both the SBL and SDL certifications, no elective courses can be included. All courses are required to qualify for both the SBL and SDL certificates from NYSED. Students should note that their internship experience must contain both a building and district level component in order to qualify for both the SBL and SDL certificates. The SUNY Cortland Educational Leadership faculty encourages all eligible students to earn and apply for both the SBL and SDL certificates at the successful completion of their program of study. Being an educational leader with both certifications will make the graduate far more marketable in the employment field.
Program Requirements for School District Business Leader (SDBL) students
Students entering the program who do not hold permanent or professional teaching certification in New York, but have an earned master’s degree, must successfully complete 33 hours of course work and 3 hours of internship credit (33 hours of course work + 3 hours of internship credit = 36). Ten courses, including at least a 3 credit hour internship in a school district business office, are required, with an additional 6 credits earned in additional elective coursework. Students should note that their internship experience must be done in a school business office.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION?
There are both college and department requirements for admission to the program. Admission packets are available through the Graduate Admissions Office. SBL and SDL Strand: For teacher certified individuals, a master’s degree and permanent or professional teaching certificate are additionally required for admission. SDBL Strand: Students who are not certified to teach in New York State are additionally required to have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by SUNY Cortland. This program of study is the only option for those students with a non-education background.
Do I need to take a certification test at the end of the program?
All students in the School District Leader (SDL) and School District Business Leader (SDBL) programs must successfully pass the state NYSTCE assessments for the SDL and SDBL certification in order to graduate from the SUNY Cortland CAS program. This means that SDL and SDBL students must successfully pass the respective examination BEFORE SUNY Cortland can award the CAS degree. This is not true of the School Building Leader (SBL) assessment. Successfully passing the SBL exam is required for NYS certification purposes only. Educating All Students Test (EAS) is the new test that School Building Leader (SBL) candidates must successfully pass for certification (May 2014). Information on the assessments is available at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_SLA_Registration.asp.
ARE THERE ANY TIME LIMITS FOR COMPLETING THE PROGRAM?
Students may take up to nine (9) credit hours before being matriculated into the program. The program must be completed in five (5) years from the time of the first course, not from the time of matriculation.
ONCE IN THE PROGRAM, WHAT COURSE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET?
The Educational Leadership Program is so structured that there is little, if any, room for elective courses. The educational path you select should be based on the type of administrative position you plan to pursue. Plan your courses with your program advisor. (Career Directions attached)
MAY I USE COURSES TAKEN FOR MY MASTER’S DEGREE TOWARD THE CAS?
No, the same course may not be used to fulfill certification (or program) requirements for two different programs.
CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCE STUDY” AND “STATE EDUCATION CERTIFICATION” – ARE THEY THE SAME THING?
No, the Certificate of Advanced Study [CAS] in Educational Leadership is degree awarded to students by the College. The New York State Education Department certifies you to practice as a school leader, and this is signified through the three certifications awarded by the state – SBL [School Building Leader], SDL [School District leader], and the SDBL [School District Business Leader]. Currently, NYSED does NOT require Athletic Directors to be certified. However, individual school districts may require Athletic Directors to hold this certificate. Directors of Physical Education are required by NYSED to hold administrative certification.
GRADUATION
Near the completion of your program you should contact the Graduate Admissions Office (607) 753-4800 to request a review of your records to verify that you have met requirements for graduation. This should be done by November 1 for January graduates, March 1 for May graduates, and June 1 for August graduates.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A NYSED CERTIFICATE?
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert
MAY I TRANSFER COURSES FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS INTO THE CORTLAND PROGRAM?
SUNY Cortland’s Educational Leadership Program has little, if any, room for electives. Students wishing to transfer required Educational Leadership courses in from approved colleges should contact their program advisor before taking the course(s). Not all transfers will be accepted. A maximum of 6 credit hours will be allowed. Permission/Request to Transfer Graduate Credit form http://www2.cortland.edu/offices/registrars-office/forms.dot
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?
Contact your program advisor or the Educational Leadership Department Chair at SUNY Cortland (607) 753-2444.

Career Directions

Students possessing a master’s degree and permanent NYS teaching certification are encouraged to take coursework that would allow them to be certified in both the School Building Leader (SBL) strand and the School District Leader (SDL) strand. Students doing this will be certified to do any school leader position in NYS public schools.

Course of Study for SBL and SDL

School Building Leader (SBL)
(30 cr. hr.)

School District Leader (SDL)
(30 cr. hr.)

EDL 613: Principles of Financial Leadership (3)

EDL 615: Educational Leadership and the Law (3)

EDL 616: Principles of Curriculum Leadership (3)

EDL 657: Principles of Organizational Leadership (3)

EDL 678: Strategic Supervision and Leadership (3)

EDL 680: Principal Leadership (3)

EDL 683: Principles of Special Programs Leadership (3)

EDL 696: Internship in Educational Leadership (3-5)

EDL 699: Culminating Seminar (3)

EDL Elective (3)

EDL 613: Principles of Financial Leadership (3)

EDL 615: Educational Leadership and the Law (3)

EDL 616: Principles of Curriculum Leadership (3)

EDL 657: Principles of Organizational Leadership (3)

EDL 678: Strategic Supervision and Leadership (3)

EDL 683: Principles of Special Programs Leadership (3)

EDL 690: Principles of School District Leadership (3)

EDL 696: Internship in Educational Leadership (3-5)

EDL 699: Culminating Seminar (3)

EDL Elective (3)



If students successfully complete both EDL 680 and EDL 690, they may obtain both SBL and SDL certificates. The Educational Leadership Department faculty strongly advises students to do this.
Program requirements for School District Business Leader
Students accepted into the School District Business Leader (SDBL) strand must complete the 27 hours of required course work. The remainder of a student’s program (9 cr. hr.) will be fulfilled through elective courses and the administrative internship. All internships for SDBL students must be conducted in a school business office.

 

Course of Study for SDBL

School District Business Leader (SDBL)
(36 cr. hr.)

EDL 613: Principles of Financial Leadership (3)

EDL 615: Educational Leadership and the Law (3)

EDL 616: Principles of Curriculum Leadership (3)

EDL 618: Field Studies in Educational Leadership (3)

EDL 656: Principles of Public School Finance (3)

EDL 657: Principles of Organizational Leadership (3)

EDL 678: Strategic Supervision and Leadership (3)

EDL 685: Facilities Maintenance and Management (3)

EDL 698: Internship in Educational Leadership (3-5)

EDL 699: Culminating Seminar (3)

EDL Elective (6)

 

This program is designed for students who are not permanently certified teachers and who wish to become certified as school business officials.