Educational Leadership — Advanced Certificate Program

Binghamton University's advanced certificate in Educational Leadership is for experienced pre-K through grade 12 educators interested in:

  • completing the requirements for two New York state certificates - School Building Leader (SBL-Initial) and/or School District Leader (SDL-Professional);
  • engaging with a rigorous curriculum at a University recognized nationally for its strong academic programs, distinguished faculty and affordable tuition;
  • extending their graduate studies to an EdD in the future; and
  • expanding their impact beyond their own classroom or specialty area.

Program overview

The advanced certificate in Educational Leadership is a part-time program designed for the full-time working educator. Students complete seven on-campus classes in the evenings either quickly (two classes each fall, spring, and summer semester) or more leisurely with one class at a time. Classes are offered by university faculty and area education professionals. The internship, arranged in students' home districts, generally takes another two semesters and requires enrollment in two, hybrid online classes.

Program requirements

This is a 30 credit-hour program of study beyond a completed master’s degree of at least 30 credit-hours in a teaching or closely related field. The 30 credit-hours consist of ten required courses, one of which is an internship and two which are completed mostly online. Students are required to pass the NYS School District Leader assessment and to develop a personal plan for self-improvement and continuous learning, consistent with current Educational Leader standards. The personal plan is updated and refined at three defined checkpoints during the program of study.

No graduate record exam (GRE) is required for this certificate program.


In addition to field-based projects and other leadership experiences, students complete a capstone internship. Positioned near the end of the student’s formal academic preparation, the internship provides an opportunity for immersion in the authentic work world of educational leaders. Under the guidance of a University instructor and a field-based supervisor-mentor, students apply and extend the knowledge and skills developed throughout their course of study. For more information, view the Internships page.

Plan of study

The plan of study for the advanced certificate in Educational Leadership program provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through program requirements.

Required courses

Note: All Educational Leadership courses are currently 3 credits each 


For questions about Binghamton University's advanced certificate in Educational Leadership contact Sue McLeod, program coordinator.


To apply to this program, visit our Admissions page.  Note that recommendations for this program consist of forms filled out by senior school district administrators who can eventually support the candidate's internship—there is no need to request letters of recommendation from them.