Educational Leadership and Supervision

Graduate: Master's, Advanced Certificate Available online

School of Education & Human Services

Leaders of education organizations are in a position to positively impact students, staff, parents and communities.  Moreover, they are given the authority to establish education programs, influence how students learn and direct the professional development of staff. Therefore, School Building Leader (SBL), School District Leader (SDL),or a Masters in Educational Leadership are the vehicles through which dedicated and talented educators exert optimal influence on students' lives. 

Program Description

The Educational Leadership program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills essential for success in building or districtwide educational leadership positions. The online program has three sequential segments:

1. A New York State School Building Leader license (SBL) – An SBL is required for positions such as a principal or assistant principal in NYS public schools.

2. A New York State School District Leader license (SDL) – An SDL is required for positions such as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, or any position with districtwide administrative responsibilities.

Students may apply for the SBL and/or the SDL upon completion of the SBL/SDL required courses and Internship.

3. Earn a Master's degree in Educational Leadership – The MS in Educational Leadership is not required for certification.  However, students are encouraged to pursue the master’s degree to distinguish one's candidacy for professional opportunities.

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One (1) 600-hour Internship is required for an SBL or SDL Certificate or a Masters in Educational Leadership.  The school is committed to working with graduate students to identify and successfully complete an Internship that meets the NYS and Canisius standards while allowing the student to fulfill current professional and personal responsibilities.

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Doctorate Program Partnership

D’Youville College and Canisius College have an articulation agreement to help students further their education.  Canisius students who have completed the Advanced Certificate in School Building Leader (SBL), School Building and School District Leader (SBL/SDL), or the MS in Educational Leadership can continue their education to earn a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at D’Youville College. D’Youville will accept up to 35 credit hours from Canisius College toward the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - leaving only 34 more credit hours to complete the program.

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Canisius College's online graduate programs in education are recognized by U.S. News and World Report as among the best in the nation. The rankings are based on five general categories: student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. 

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