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School District Business Leadership (SDBL)

Post-Master's Advanced Graduate Certificate

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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. 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.


Program of Study

This certificate program consists of 36 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. 


9 credits

EDL 501 Educational Leadership Theory I
EDL 502 Educational Leadership Theory II (prerequisite EDL 501)
EDL 515 School District Leadership


 18 credits

CES/MBA 514 Collective Bargaining and Arbitration in the Public Sector
EDL 520 School Finance
EDL 525 Managerial Accounting for the School Business Official
EDL 528 School Law
EDL 571 School Business Administration
EDL 572 School Personnel Management


3 credits

Each student is required to conduct an individual research project on a topic of special academic interest or professional relevance. The topic must be approved by and completed under the direction of the faculty member teaching this course.

Please Note: There are field hours embedded in each course through authentic activities. Assignments will be given that would require collaboration with administrators in a public school district. This is in addition to the full semester and summer portion of the Internship.


6 credits

Prerequisite: Students must complete a minimum of 27 credits (all foundation and required courses, and an elective) before enrolling in these courses.  Read more about the Internship Experience.

EDL 565 – School Business Internship
EDL 566 – School Business Internship Seminar

Examination Requirement

In addition to their graduate course work, all students must complete required NYSED workshops and examinations for certification. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website to ensure that they are taking the appropriate workshops and examinations. 
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Time to Certificate Completion

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.

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 read the guidelines . You can find the form on this website

Contact Information

Educational Leadership Program
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4434
Telephone: 631.632.7067