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Advanced Certificate: Educational Leadership

Make a difference on a whole new level.

SUNY Potsdam's Loading... advanced certificate is designed for experienced teachers holding professional teaching certification who wish to become administrators within a public school setting. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills essential for success in building or districtwide educational leadership positions—preparing you to positively impact students, staff, families and communities.


Coursework for the Advanced Certificate: Educational Leadership program will be offered in collaboration with SUNY Plattsburgh, with several courses offered completely online, with the rest of the coursework completed at SUNY Potsdam through a variety of flexible hybrid learning environments (both on campus and online). Professional internships are incorporated into the program, which can be completed at your home district or elsewhere, depending on your interest and circumstances. The successful completion of this coursework and the School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) New York State School Leadership Assessments will lead you to certification in both SBL/SDL. We will not be able to automatically recommend candidates for the SDL certificate when completing the CAS.  We have to verify that candidates have successfully completed the SDL exam first.

Unique program features:

  • Small class sizes and expert faculty with years of classroom and leadership experience
  • Combination of online and hybrid coursework designed to fit practicing educators’ busy schedules
  • Full- and part-time options available
  • Executive Weekends in Residence for Summer Leadership Institutes
  • Coursework and applied learning opportunities drawn from the real-world circumstances

What you’ll gain:

  • An extensive network of SUNY Potsdam alumni and partners working in successful leadership positions at districts across the state and nation
  • Tangible skills and experience to prepare you to lead
  • A deeper understanding of the communities we serve, and the social and economic changes and circumstances that students face in schools today

Admission FAQs:

  • 36 required credits
  • Rolling deadline to submit application materials
  • Summer start date

Required Courses:

  • EDA 5020 (@SUNY Plattsburgh) Teaching & Learning: Student Assessment 3 Credits
  • EDA 5030 (@SUNY Plattsburgh) Teaching & Learning: Curriculum 3 Credits
  • EDA 5040 (@SUNY Plattsburgh) Teaching & Learning: Professional Standards 3 Credits
  • EDA 5050 (@SUNY Plattsburgh) Teaching & Learning: Organizational Change 3 Credits
  • GRED 503 Educational Law 3 Credits
  • GRED 680A Educational Leadership Institute I 3 Credits
  • GRED 680B Educational Leadership Institute II 3 Credits
  • GRED 690B School Building Leader Internship 6 Credits
  • GRED 690D School District Leader Internship 6 Credits
  • SPED 650 Collaborative Consultation with Professionals and Families 3 Credits

Program Contacts

Admissions / General Information
Center for Graduate Studies
1-800-458-1142 / 315-267-2165
Raymond Hall 206