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Educational Leadership Certification Programs

Stony Brook University offers two  post-master's  advanced graduate certificate programs that lead to certification in areas of school district, building and business leadership.

  • The  Educational Leadership (EDL) program prepares K-12 educators for advancement to positions at both the  school district (SDL) and school building (SBL) levels. Such positions include superintendent of schools, district superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, department chairperson, or athletic director. As of Fall 2007, this is the first program of its kind in New York State that serves as a pathway for certification at both the district and building levels.
  • The post-master's certificate in  School District Business Leadership (SDBL) program prepares professionals from the corporate world, public service agencies, and charitable institutions for access and advancement to positions in a school district central office, such as assistant superintendent for school business positions.

The programs are offered in collaboration with the University’s Distributed Teacher and Leader Education program and articulate with  EdD programs from other universities in the region .

Flexible Scheduling

To meet the demands of working professionals, the combined SDL and SBL program is offered completely online.

All but two of the School District Business Leadership courses are available online. The other two courses are offered on the Stony Brook University campus. All on-campus courses are scheduled in the evening.

»  Learn more about  online learning  at the School of Professional Development.

Stony Brook University Excellence

Stony Brook University is an NCATE-accredited institution. It is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the nation and one of the top 60 public universities by  U.S.News & World Report, which also ranked our online education programs #22 in the nation. The University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association and its Educational Leadership Online program is approved by the New York State Education Department for both in-person and online delivery.

  »View the mandated  Gainful Employment Disclosure information for the  EDL and  SDBL programs.

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