School District Leadership Adv Cert

SUNY Oswego's SDL program helps school district leaders advance their careers to superintendancy and other district leadership roles that involve: 

  • Responsibility for the hiring and retention of certified professional personnel.
  • Responsibility for the pedagogical supervision and performance evaluation of certified personnel.
  • Responsibility for budget preparation and implementation. This does not include being given discretion to spend minor sums of money on departmental supplies, such as papers, pens, and chalk.
  • Responsibility for curriculum development and supervision of its implementation.


At SUNY Oswego There Are 2 Paths to Earning Your SDL Certification

1. Enroll in our Superintendent Development Program (SDP).  Enrollees can earn 9 graduate level college credits by completing 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.
    • SUNY Oswego can recommend you for SDL certification if you complete SDP AND have a minimum of 60 graduate hours.
    • 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.  We will carefully review your transcripts and gradulate level coursework to determine the appropriate education plan for you.
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. It is a 33 credit program that takes approximately 2 years to complete. 


  • Understand district-wide decisions on instruction and planning. 
  • Manage fiscal and human resources.  
  • Address the management of legal and equity issues

Career Opportunities

  • District Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Deputy Superintendent 
  • Associate Superintendent 
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • District Curriculum Coordinator
  • District Special Services Coordinator