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Become a School Leader

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 into 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. 
  • 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: Online or On-site at Teacher Center Cohorts

To meet the demands of working professionals, the combined SDL and SBL program and School District Business Leadership programs are offered completely online.

Teachers may also choose to complete their SDL/SBL program on-site at one of our teacher center partner locations. 


About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is one of America’s most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence and an internationally recognized research institution that is changing the world. After less than 60 years of existence, it’s ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation and the top 40 public universities.  The University is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the EDL program is fully approved by the New York State Education Department for online delivery.

Affordable Excellence

Stony Brook's tuition rate is among the most affordable of all top-tier universities in the nation. Tuition and fees at SUNY are nearly   15% lower than the national average  for public universities and   50% lower than those for for-profit institutions

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