SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADER CERTIFICATE

The SDL Advanced Certificate program is designed for candidates seeking to become administrators at the district level (superintendents). This 12-hour program includes coursework in negotiations, superintendency, and central office leadership. NY SDL certification requires these 12 hours and 60 total graduate credits.

The SDL certificate program is also offered in a hybrid format, with some class sessions and some online work. SDL classes meet three times each semester on Saturdays, alternating by semester between the SBU Buffalo Center and the main campus in Olean.

With the permission of the program director, up to three (3) credit hours may be transferred into this program. 

SDL program requirements

Admission to the program requires:

  • Master’s degree in education or a certification-related area, with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Teacher or school counselor certification, SBL certification recommended
  • Three years of K-12 school experience

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 the program director:

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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