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Advanced Graduate Certificate

School Building, District, and District Business Leaders

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Succeed in your School Leadership Career

Shape a vision for your students, create a caring social climate, shape a vision of your school or district as a caring environment in which staff support all students in learning and social development, and support learning in your school and school district. 

The advanced graduate certificates in school and school district leadership provide you with administrative expertise and the credentials to move into positions of greater responsibility and impact in New York State K-12 public school systems. 


For more information please contact James Butterworth, Director of School Leadership and Development at jbutterworth@albany.edu

Everyone who enters this program is going to find a supportive community, not only with your instructors, but with your classmates.

Aaron Thiell
Principal, North Colonie Central Schools
AGC School Building Leader, Class of 2011

School Building Leader Certificate

The first certificate in the leadership series, this program shows you how to maximize student success and achieve continuous school and improvement with strategies that enhance instruction, increase family engagement, support teacher collaboration, and promote inclusion in K-12 schools. 

You must earn this certificate before pursuing the School District Leader certificate.

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • Law and Education
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Social Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership
  • Supervisory Leadership
  • Financial and Human Resources in Education
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • School Leadership Internship

Electives

  • Politics of Education
  • Current Research on School Reform

See graduate bulletin for details

School District Leader Certificate

Learn how to approach school board, government, and community relations and work with senior school district managers to manage district affairs, create and implement policies, and allocate resources. 

You must earn the School Building Leader certificate before you pursue this certificate.

Program of Study
  • School Board and Community-School Relations 
  • Economics of Education II 
  • Advanced Human Resources Policies in Education 
  • Law and School District Leadership 
  • Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership
  • 6-hour DASA training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination
  • NYSED Leadership Assessment (achieve a passing exam score)

See graduate bulletin for details.

School District Business Leader Certificate

Master school business management by knowing how to handle policy issues related to district and state budgeting and financing, and by understanding how business practices can impact educational equity.

Program of Study
  • Economics of Education II
  • Advanced Human Resources Policies in Education
  • Advanced School Business Leadership 
  • Law and School District Leadership 
  • Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership 
  • 6-hour DASA training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination
  • NYSED Leadership Assessment (achieve a passing exam score)

See graduate bulletin for details.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Advanced Graduate Certificate
  • Graduates are prepared to enter school building, school district or school district business leadership posts, appropriate to their specialization.
  • Graduates are prepared to draw from, and critically apply, information from the relevant knowledge and skill base.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529