School District Leadership

Earn your New York State (NYS) School District Leader (SDL) certificate through SUNY Oswego.  Our program helps school district professionals advance their careers to superintendancy and other district leadership roles. 


The goal of the New York State School District Leadership program is to acculturate the associates to the remarkable challenges and rewards of superintendency and other school district leadership roles.  Associates graduate prepared to lead districts and serve children and school communities across New York State.


Two Ways To Earn SDL at SUNY Oswego

1. Enroll in our Superintendent Development Program (SDP).  To be admitted to SDP you must:

  • Be a sitting school leader with experience and hold New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification (formerly known as SAS).

  • Be recommended by SUNY Oswego for your  SDL certification once you successfuly complete SDP
  • Have a minimum of 60 graduate hours (Enrollees can earn 9 graduate level college credits by completing SDP).*

2. Complete the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Educational Leadership program.

  • CAS is the appropriate path if you need both School Building Leadership AND School District Leadership.
  • CAS is a 33 credit program that takes approximately 2 years to complete. 


  • Make district-wide decisions 
  • Manage fiscal and human resources  
  • Address the management of legal and equity issues
  • Facilitate organizational change
  • Build strategic plans
  • Lead partnerships with community stakeholders

Career Opportunities

  • District Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Deputy Superintendent 
  • Associate Superintendent 
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • District Curriculum Coordinator
  • District Special Services Coordinator
  • Directorship (Athletics, Instructional Support, Pupil Services, Special Programs, etc.)

*"You can earn 9 credit hours by completing the SDP program. If you will not meet the minimum of 60 graduate credits after completing SDP, SUNY Oswego will work with you to develop a personalized learning program involving additional coursework.

Admission Requirements


3.0 GPA


Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts are required.

Letters of Recommendation

2 letters of recommendation are required.  If you have already uploaded letters of recommendation on the Superintendents Development Program website you do not need additional letters.

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