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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Zimmer, Kayla

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Elementary Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375- 2167
E-Mail: kzimmer@sbu.edu
Office Location Plassmann Hall, B37
Courses Taught
  • EDUC 201. Introduction to Teaching 
  • EDUC 220/220L. Basic Instructional Design 
  • EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction 
  • EDUC 310. Methods and Models: Social Studies and Language Arts 
  • EDUC 312. Developmental Reading 
  • EDUC 325. Literature for Elementary Grades 
  • University 101: Skills for the Good Journey 
Academic Degrees
  • Ed.M., Elementary Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., English, State University of New York at Albany
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
  • Faculty organizer of the School of Education Book Club
  • Enchanted Mountain Aquatic Club, Swim-a-Thon director and Meet Manager
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Girl Scouts
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • Co-presented with Dr. Nancy Casey at the 2006 Professional Development Schools National Conference (March 23-26, Orlando Florida) Guiding Inquiry: Shepherding and Scaffolding Action Research in the PDS
  • 2006-2007 Keenan Grant:  Response Systems in the Education Classroom: Using Technology to Actively Assess Learning in Process, $2,690.
  • 2007-2008 Keenan Grant: Using Literature to Engage Students in Conversations about Teaching, $610
  • Artwork has been on display in the St. Bonaventure Quick Center Gallery and the Yale University library
Teaching Philosophy

It is my belief that my role in the classroom is to guide my students toward success. The field of education is ever-changing so it is as important that students learn “how to learn” as it is for them to learn the skills necessary to become effect teachers.

I believe in an active, engaged classroom where learning happens through lecture, projects, discussion, group and individual work. I also believe in assessing students through a variety of methods including papers, projects, participation, exams and quizzes, group and individual work, because no one assessment can tell me everything there is to know about student success in the classroom.

Current Research Interests/Projects Pursuing a Ph.D. in reading at SUNY Buffalo; current research involves theory and language
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