School Building Leader Certificate Experience Requirements and Position Titles

For the School Building Leader (SBL) Initial certificate, individuals must have three years of full-time, valid experience in the classroom teaching service or pupil personnel service.

For the SBL Professional certificate, individuals must have three years full-time experience in an educational leadership position, which must include at least one year as a school building leader. The following four criteria are considered when determining acceptable educational leadership experience.

SBL Position Responsibilities and Titles

  1. Single School Building. Individuals who hold an SBL certificate can work in a single school building. They cannot engage in work in multiple school buildings because then they are working at the district level, which would require SDL (School District Leader) or School District Administrator (SDA) certification.

  2. Key Responsibilities. Some of the key responsibilities in determining if a position is administrative/supervisory in nature are listed below. Individuals who perform these responsibilities at the building level would need to hold an SBL or SAS, or SDA certificate (not an SDL certificate).
    • Responsibility for the hiring and retention of certified professional personnel.

    • Responsibility for the pedagogical supervision and performance evaluation of certified personnel.

    • Responsibility for budget preparation and implementation. This does not include being given discretion to spend minor sums of money on departmental supplies, such as papers, pens, and chalk.

    • Responsibility for curriculum development and supervision of its implementation.

    • The person is not a member of the teachers’ bargaining unit.

    All responsibilities are considered in determining the administrative nature of a position; being responsible for only one or two of the areas listed above is not sufficient. If the individual spends time assisting, expediting, and advising, then the position is not acceptable as administrative in nature.

  3. Examples of Acceptable School Building Level Position Titles. Experience completed while holding the following position titles is considered administrative in nature at the school building level.
    • Principal
    • Assistant Principal, Vice Principal, Associate Principal
    • Housemaster
    • School-building level administrative: Coordinator, Department Chairperson, Supervisor, Unit Head
    • Individuals serving more than 25% of their assignment in a school building leadership position

  4. Examples of Position Titles Not at the School Building Level. Experience completed while holding the following position titles is not considered administrative in nature and/or at the school building level.
    • Any district level position
    • Civil service positions
    • Director of Physical Education (this position requires School District Leader certification)
    • Athletic Director (this position does not require state certification)
    • Instructional Support Services (this is a teaching, not an administrative, position)
Last Updated: March 29, 2020