SCHOOL BUILDING LEADER CERTIFICATE

The SBL Advanced Certificate program is designed for elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors seeking to become school principals. This offering is 24 hours in length, and includes coursework in curriculum development, school finance and law, supervision, leadership and school-community relations. Six (6) hours of equivalent coursework may be accepted for transfer with the approval of the program director.

The SBL program is offered via a unique "hybrid" format. Each class meets 3 times (on Saturdays) per semester, with the rest of the course work completed online. The setting for these Saturday sessions alternates, by semester, between the University’s Olean and Hamburg locations. The SBL program offers fall starts and can be finished up in four semesters with no summer classes.

The SBL program meets NY course requirements for SBL certification.

With six additional credits, SBL students can receive the MSED in Educational Leadership.

SBL program requirements

Admission to the SBL programs requires:

  • Master’s degree in education or a certification-related area, with a 3.0 or better GPA
  • Teacher or school counselor certification
  • Three years of K-12 school experience
  • References (two, at least one from a supervising principal or superintendent)
  • Interview & writing sample

Contact Information
If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or gradsch@sbu.edu for graduate admission materials.

For more information regarding certification in school administration, please contact
Dr. Darlene McDonough
Plassmann Hall B42
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-4026

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Adekson, Mary

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2041
E-Mail: madekson@sbu.edu
Website: http://sched.sbu.edu/faculty/madekson/ 
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B53
Courses Taught
  • CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling
  • CE 610. Practicum
  • CE 620A. Internship 1: School Counseling
  • CE 620B. Internship 2: School Counseling
  • CE 625B. Internship 2: CMH Counseling
  • CE 638. Multicultural Counseling
  • CE 550. Group Counseling
  • Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • M.Ed., Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • B.A., English and American Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
  • Other Education
    Professional Background
  • WIEN fellow at Brandeis University (scholarship to finish undergraduate degree)
  • Graduate Assistant at Ohio University
  • PEIO scholarship recipient (to finish doctorate degree)
  • Accomplishments
    Teaching Philosophy I teach to get students to retain the best of the information presented and use it to become better professionals in the field of counseling. My teaching is student centered. I bring in my experience in the field of counseling to help my students gain understanding of their future work as mental health, college and school counselors.
    Current Research Interests/Projects I have written a book titled "Native American and Canadian Medicine Men, Healers and Helpers" (Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013), which is available at www.morebooks.de. I am presently editing "Mentoring Future Counselors," a handbook that will be available to future counselors, counselors in the field, and alumni of counselor education programs. The book comprises about 40 chapters written by counselor educators from all over the world. I am also working with three other writers on another manuscript on mentoring international students
    Other Interests/Community Involvement I am a board member for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Cattaraugus County. I like to work out at the Richter Center on the St. Bonaventure campus
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