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New SUNY Potsdam Advanced Certificate Program Prepares Teachers For Leadership

May 18, 2020

SUNY Potsdam Teams with SUNY Plattsburgh to Offer Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership, Leading to Certification as School Building & District Leaders

SUNY Potsdam’s newest graduate program will prepare teachers to become administrators in public school settings, through the College’s new Certificate of Advanced Study in educational leadership.

The advanced certificate program in educational leadership is a partnership with SUNY Plattsburgh, and successful completion will lead to certification as a school building leader (SBL) and school district leader (SDL). The curriculum is a hybrid of flexible online and summer campus learning experiences, along with professional internships geared to successful completion of New York State School Leadership Assessments. Full- and part-time study options are available, all designed to fit into practicing educators’ busy schedules.

Teachers who complete the requirements will be eligible for promotion to leadership within their school district or another— and will be prepared to guide meaningful engagement that builds connections, fuels productivity and generates positive change. Full and part-time study options are available.

The program builds on a strong legacy of teacher education at SUNY Potsdam —a backbone of the College since its inception.

“We are very excited to offer this new opportunity for educators to advance their careers and answer a further call to service,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg. “Preparing educators has always been a lifeblood of the College, and a responsibility we hold dear. The Certificate of Advanced Study program will help educators gain the practical skills and experiences they need to be educational leaders in the communities we serve. We are so pleased to be able to offer this advanced program, which will enable educational leaders to address the changing social and economic needs of our schools today.”

The 36 required credits of coursework lay foundations in staff development, student learning and assessment, curriculum development, leadership and organizational change, financial management and collaboration. Prospective students can apply at any time, with summer, fall and spring start dates all available.

“Educators looking to move into a new role as a school leader will be able to take that next step in their career through the educational leadership program right here at SUNY Potsdam,” said Kathryn Jeror, chair of the SUNY Potsdam Department of Advanced Studies in Education. “The program adds to our portfolio of education offerings, allowing us to continue to serve those who are already part of our Potsdam family, as well as welcome new students. This program is made possible through the strong partnerships with SUNY Plattsburgh and the amazing administrators at our local school districts.”

SUNY Potsdam will hold a virtual information session on the new program on Wednesday, June 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. To register, visit

More information on the program can be found here:

 The School of Education and Professional Studies at SUNY Potsdam has been preparing educators for more than 200 years. Today, that legacy of educational excellence also stretches to undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, public health and human performance, to help students prepare for professions in the global economy. To learn more, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:
Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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