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For more information regarding certification in school administration, please contact the program director:

Dr. Darlene McDonough
Plassmann B42
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-4026

To Apply

For application instructions and materials, please visit our site:

 Or contact:

Phone: (716) 375-2021


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.  With program director approval, a spring semester start in the program may be possible.

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

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Beardsley, Michael

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information Office phone: (716) 375 -2233
Office Location Butler Gym, 1C
Courses Taught
  • PHED 107. Health-related Fitness and Health Promotion
  • PHED 312. Bio-Kinesiology
  • PHED 413B. Directed Study – Internship
Academic Degrees
  • ABD, Exercise Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2004
  • B.S., Sports Medicine, Canisius College, 2003
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
  • Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC), National Athletic Trainers Association
  • NYS Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, American Red Cross
  • Responding to Emergencies, American Red Cross
  • CITI certification
Professional Background Houghton College, 2006 – 2012, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects

Role of the subtalar joint on orthotics used for the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis
Doctoral Dissertation Project

  • Utilize 3D motion capture techniques
  • Employ Modified Helen Hayes and Oxford Foot Models
  • Approved by IRB
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