Application Deadline

Summer Cohort - April 25

All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to


Program Overview
This certificate program is designed to prepare qualified candidates for leadership positions in schools in New York State, with an emphasis on effective leadership in urban schools. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have met the statutory requirements of the New York State Department of Education for certification as School Building Leader and School District Leader. All students move through the course of studies with a cohort. The majority of the program's sessions are held off campus.

The program requires 30 credits of approved coursework within a cohort model including: 24 credits in supervision, administration, curriculum, policy analysis, human relations; theory, research, and practice in educational leadership; six credits in a field experience seminar.

SDL Track
The program requires 9 credits of approved coursework. All courses have a fieldwork component, with fieldwork projects focused on district level issues.

Contact Information

Susan Sullivan

Program Coordinator
Building 3S, Room 218
Phone : 718.982.3744
Contact Via Email

Application & Graduate Catalog

Admission Requirements

For both tracks, a master's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.


  • Evidence of three years’ teaching experience in an accredited school or equivalent.

SDL Track

  • School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) or School Building Leader (SBL) Certificate
  • 51 Credits completed at the graduate level (total of 60 upon completion as required by NYSED)
  • Three years full-time teaching or Pupil Personnel Services experiences

Application Procedures

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.


Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, have one transcript sent now and another sent when you complete the courses that you are taking. Applicants who have been enrolled at CSI do not need to request a CSI transcript; the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will obtain a copy.

Application Fee:

A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. Please make your check or money order payable to the College of Staten Island. Veterans are exempt from paying the application fee. Veterans must provide proof of their Veteran/Military status in order to be waived from paying the application fee.

Letter of Intent:

Submit a two-to-three page essay explaining why you wish to prepare yourself for a leadership role in education. Also discuss some of your principle beliefs in education, role of an educational leader, and any experiences you had in bringing about improvements in your school or professional setting.
(The letter of intent is required for the SBL/SDL track.)

Supervisor's Questionnaire:

Applicants are required to submit a supervisor's questionnaire. 

Letters of Recommendation:

Three professional letters of recommendation.

Applicants may be granted credit for prior coursework completed at CSI or another college or university based on determination by program faculty.

Mailing Address:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Unit
College of Staten Island, CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 2A, Room 103
Staten Island, NY 10314