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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 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

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Buckles, Thomas

Titles/Responsibilities Adjunct Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Phone: 716-373-8080 ext. 5301
Office Location
Courses Taught
  • Seminar in Community Mental Health Counseling 
Academic Degrees
  • Marymount University, M.A. in Psychological Services – Counseling, 1998
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.A. in History, 1996 
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
Professional Background Trained EMDR Therapist, Program Director for Foundations for Change – PROS Program in Olean
Teaching Philosophy
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