District Business Leadership
School districts are similar to small corporations and individuals with strong business skills are highly desired. This post-master's advanced graduate certificate 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 course of study is designed to help candidates acquire content knowledge in the organizational areas that are the foundation for successful practice. They include: leadership, information management, organizational management, interpersonal relations, financial management, technology management, professional development, pupil personnel services, community and media relations, educational law, public policy and systems.
This program combines classroom-based theory with extensive field experience. All students must have completed a minimum of six (6) credits of accounting prior to entrance into this program so as to provide a base for CEQ 525, the newly required Managerial Accounting course. In addition, there is a rigorous capstone internship required of each student. All candidates for certification must pass a required New York State qualifying test prior to issuance of a license after graduation from this program.
(Effective Fall 2012)
This certificate program consists of 36 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Many of these courses are available in an online format; however, the entire program cannot be completed online. Also, please note that the courses are only available to students who are matriculated in the program.
Foundations - 9 credits
Required Courses - 18
Internship and Seminar - 6 credits
Educational Leadership Research
Project Seminar (CEQ 595) - 3 credits
All program requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student. The courses required for the School District Business Leadership Certificate are offered regularly during the fall and spring semesters. Although some graduate courses will be offered during the Summer Sessions, students should plan on meeting most course requirements during the regular academic year. With this frequency of course offerings, a full-time student will need four semesters to complete the program’s 36 credits and a somewhat longer period will be required for the part-time student.
Scheduling Note: Courses are scheduled online and on-campus. At this point in time, students should anticipate taking a proportion of their courses online to fulfill program requirements. 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 advisement and consent of the program director. Under all circumstances, the student must complete the total number of credits prescribed for this program.
Timeline note: When students are admitted or readmitted to an SPD degree or certificate program, they may petition SPD to have Stony Brook University graduate level courses that are older than five (5) years, and no older than 10 years, individually evaluated by the appropriate academic department/faculty to determine if the credits may be applied toward current SPD degree/certificate requirements. Grades in such courses must be "B" or better. (B- grades are ineligible for review.) For transfer credits from external institutions, please see guidelines at: www.stonybrook.edu/spd/assets/pdf/transferform.pdf (PDF).
Requirements for Certification and Graduation
Candidates are eligible for graduation when they have met the published requirements for a degree and/or certificate, which must be completed within 5 years. To qualify for graduation in any semester, the candidate must have all academic requirements completed by the last day of that semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. In addition, students must pass all NYSED requirements for examination and certification. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations.
School District Business Leader (SDBL) Examinations
Educating All Students Test
Download the SDBL Application (PDF).
Dr. Robert Moraghan
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 Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.
Dr. Robert Moraghan
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