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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:

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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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McCombs, Melissa

Titles/Responsibilities Adjunct Instructor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education and Sport Studies
Contact Information Office: 716-375-2204
Office Location Reilly Center, Athletic Training Room
Courses Taught
  • PHED 399G Advanced Evaluation Skills & Techniques
Academic Degrees
  • MEd Counseling & Guidance; Student Affairs, Clemson University, 2001
  • BS, Athletic Training, California University of Pennsylvania, 1999
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
  • Currently a Doctoral Learner at University of Phoenix- Higher Education Administration 
Professional Background
  • Certified Athletic Trainer since 2000, Licensed in the State of New York
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects
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