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For more information about the graduate Educational Leadership program, please contact:

Lisa C. Buenaventura, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Education
Program Director

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(716) 375-2394

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Educatoinal Leadership


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St. Bonaventure University offers students the opportunity to pursue one of three pathways to careers in leadership in school districts.  The programs prepare leaders to understand and reflect a vision for schools, manage professional learning organizations, create actionable plans that lead from problem to solution and build skills to ensure success in a dynamic work environment. 

The three pathways offered within the educational leadership program:

  • SBL — School Building Leader (24 credits)
  • MSED in Educational Leadership (30 credits with the SBL embedded within the program of study)
  • SDL — School District Leader (12 credits beyond the SBL)
The program prepares candidates to conduct and analyze educational research and gives them more in-depth courses and experiences at the district level. 

SBL & SDL classes meet (alternating) at both the SBU Buffalo Center and the main SBU campus in Olean and employ a hybrid format. Classes meet on Saturdays three times each semester, with the rest of the coursework done online.

Admission Requirements 

Admission to the MSED program 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

See the SBL and SDL pages for information about admission to those programs

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MSED Educational Leadership
School Building Leader
School District Leader

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