GSE Announces Advanced Certificate in School District Leadership (SDL)

The Fordham University Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce that we now offer an Advanced Certificate Program in School District Leadership (SDL)!

The School District Leader Certificate is required for all individuals seeking leadership positions in New York State at the school district level, such as Superintendents, Deputy and Assistant Superintendents, District Administrators, Supervisors in Curriculum Areas, and Supervisors of Pupil Personnel Services.

The 15 credit program offered at the Fordham Lincoln Center campus combines theory with clinically-rich learning experiences to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to lead effectively at the school district level. 

The SDL certificate includes:

  • Intensive weekend course structure model;
  • One-semester, clinically-rich district-level internship (may be taken summer, spring or fall);
  • Learning strategies and experiences such as: class discussions, case studies, guest speakers, relevant field experiences embedded in each course, in-basket exercises, relevant readings, project-based learning, and action research.

This program is approved by the New York State Education Department  and is an approved New York State SDL program.*  However, given students’ individual educational and professional backgrounds, all prospective students should visit the NYSED website to review all certification requirements to determine whether this program and your respective educational and professional backgrounds will meet state requirements for certification as a school district leader.  

Applicants to the SDL certificate must possess a Master’s degree and have 3 years paid, full-time Admin/PPS/Classroom Teaching experience (in addition to meeting general GSE admission criteria).   Please visit our website for further admissions and application information.

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2012!  The application deadline is June 1st.  Click here to apply today!

To assist you in finding out more about this exceptional learning experience, we would like to invite prospective students to join us for an Information Session:

Wednesday, May 2nd:
     Lincoln Center Campus
Thursday, May 3rd:
     Westchester Campus

Click here for further information about these sessions.
Please RSVP to and indicate which session you would like to attend, as well as your interest in the School District Leader Advanced Certificate.

*Pending final SED modification approval (forthcoming).



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