School District Leadership
Post-Master's Advanced Graduate Certificate
Stony Brook University is no longer accepting applications for this program. Prospective applicants may apply to the Educational Leadership Program (EDL), which is offered on campus as well as and completely online. Graduation from the EDL Program will ensure eligibility to obtain two certifications (District and Building-Level) through Stony Brook with institutional recommendation.
This advanced graduate certificate program prepares educators
for advancement to positions at the central office level, including
superintendent of schools, district superintendent, assistant superintendent,
and any other position having responsibility for general district-wide
administration (except school district business leader). The program
is offered in collaboration with the University's Professional
The educational prerequisite for admission into this program
is a master's degree.
Course of Study
This certificate program consists of 36 credits, distributed among the
areas listed below. Credit requirements for each area are indicated
below. Please note that the courses are only available to students who
are matriculated in the program.
Foundations - 9 credits
CEQ 501 Educational Leadership Theory I
CEQ 502 Educational Leadership Theory II (prerequisite CEQ 501)
CEQ 503 Educational Leadership Practice (prerequisite CEQ 501)
Required Courses - 15
CEQ 515 School District Leadership
CEQ 528 School Law
CEQ 555 Supervision of Instruction
CEQ 571 School Business Administration
CEQ 572 School Personnel Management
Elective - 3 credits
Course may be selected from an approved list in consultation with the program director.
Internship and Seminar - 6 credits
Prerequisite: Students must complete all courses except CEQ 595
Educational Leadership Research Project Seminar before enrolling in
the internship and seminar.
CEQ 561 Internship in School District Leadership (co-requisite: CEQ
CEQ 562 Internship Seminar for School District Leadership (co-requisite:
Please Note: In addition to the full
semester and summer portion of the Internship, there are field hours
embedded in each course through authentic activities.
Educational Leadership Research
Project Seminar (CEQ 595) - 3 credits
The goal of the SPD Project Seminar is to teach students to understand
and conduct graduate-level research. The research paper may or may not
result in a project, e.g., a model curriculum for a school-based substance
abuse program. Students will be guided in selecting a topic for their
research paper. Methodology and resources will be reviewed as the student’s
work is developed. No incompletes will be given.
If an unsatisfactory grade is earned, the course may be repeated.
Prerequisite: Matriculation in one of the Educational Leadership programs;
prior completion of all foundation and required courses.
Scheduling Note: The preceding
courses are offered regularly during the fall and spring semesters.
Although summer session will offer some graduate courses that can be
applied toward this program, students should plan on meeting course
requirements, including internships, during the regular academic year.
Related courses used to fulfill requirements for another certificate,
master's, or other advanced degree may not be used to fulfill course
requirements for this certificate. If courses were taken that duplicate
courses within this certificate program, appropriate substitutions will
be made upon advise and consent of the program director. Under any circumstances,
the student must complete the total number of credits prescribed for
Timeline: All post-graduate certificate
requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester
date of admission as a matriculated student. Students may petition SPD
to have courses that are over five (5) years old when a student is admitted
or readmitted to an SPD degree or certificate program individually reviewed
by the appropriate department/faculty to determine if the credits may
be applied toward current SPD degree/certificate requirements. Grades
in such courses must be "B" or higher.
Tuition and Fee Information
Tuition and fee information is published on the Bursar's website. This program is eligible for financial aid. View the mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.
Dr. Robert Moraghan
205 Harriman Hall
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3379
of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s Non-matriculating (non-degree) Graduate Students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Student Handbook and SPD Academic Calendar.