Educational Leadership

Who We Are

For experienced teachers who are ready to take the next step in their careers or business leaders who want to use their skills for a greater good, SUNY Cortland’s Educational Leadership Program opens the door to a new level of responsibility. We are committed to preparing educational administrators as leaders and advocates for social justice and equity. Our curriculum is practitioner-oriented, with real-world project-based assignments relevant to K-12 settings. In short, we prepare educational leaders by integrating theory and practice to develop schools and other learning communities effectively.

Three C.A.S. Certifications

SCHOOL BUILDING LEADER (SBL)

This 30-credit program is for people who hold a master’s degree and teaching certification in New York state. It prepares candidates for the responsibilities of the school building leader. Job titles may include building principal or assistant principal.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT BUSINESS LEADER (SDBL)

This 36-credit program is for people who hold a master’s degree and seek to develop sound fiscal strategies for school districts. Candidates examine critical topics such as finance, organization and facilities maintenance and management. Job titles are related to the business operation of a school district such as a school business official.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADER (SDL)

This 30-credit program expands the capacity to envision district-wide impact and improvement in education if candidates hold a master’s degree and teaching certification in New York state. Job titles may include superintendent, director of special education, curriculum coordinator or central office administrator.

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Hybrid and Flexible Coursework

Many courses are offered in hybrid formats to meet the demands of working professionals, allowing students to complete at least half of their courses online. Summer courses also are available with both hybrid and intensive one-week completion options. All on-campus courses are scheduled in the evening, from 5 to 8:45 p.m., in Cortland and at our Mohawk Valley Graduate Site in Utica, N.Y.

Preparation for the Future

All programs have earned national accreditation from the Education Leadership Constituent Council of the National Policy Board for Education Administration. Candidates satisfy the requirements of the Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Educational Administration. Completion of the program permits SUNY Cortland to recommend students to the New York State Education Department for three educational leadership certifications.

Our graduates go on to careers as principals, superintendents, district leaders, facilities managers and curriculum and instructional leaders in school districts. SUNY Cortland’s Educational Leadership Program is one of the most respected in the SUNY system, providing highly qualified administrators to school districts across New York state and the country.

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