Certification

School District Leader Certificate Experience Requirements and Position Titles

For the School District Leader (SDL) Professional certificate, individuals must have three years of full-time, classroom teaching, pupil personnel service, or educational leadership experience.

SDL Position Responsibilities and Titles

  1. 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 district level would need to hold an SDL or SDA certificate. Responsibilities for the business operation of the school district must hold a School District Business Leader (SDBL) 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.

  1. Examples of Acceptable School-District Level Position Titles. Experience completed while holding the following educational leadership position titles is acceptable for the SDL Professional certificate.
    • Superintendent
    • District Superintendent
    • Deputy Superintendent (not civil service)
    • Associate Superintendent (not civil service)
    • Assistant Superintendent (not civil service)
  1. Examples of Position Titles That Are Typically Not Considered Acceptable. Experience completed while holding the following position is typically not considered administrative in nature and may not be acceptable for the SBL Professional certificate.
    • Athletic Director
      • Athletic Directors are typically responsible for supervision of coaches and other positions that do not require a teaching certificate. This role can be filled by a teacher and does not typically involve all of the administrative duties described in #1 above.
      • The position of Athletic Director does not require formal state certification. However, if the Athletic Director is also the Director of Physical Education, the experience is considered administrative, as a Director of Physical Education must hold Physical Education and administrative certification.
    • Civil service positions (e.g., SDBL and Human Resources positions where the individual is not required to hold a NYS district level certificate)
    • Chair of the Committee on Special Education
      • Commissioner’s Regulations do not require the Chair of the Committee on Special Education to be filled by an administrator.
    • Instructional Support Services Coordinators (as defined under regulation)
      • Instructional Support Services Coordinators are typically responsible for personnel through training workshops, professional development, study groups, mentoring, modeling instruction, coaching, and similar services. This role can be filled by a teacher and does not typically involve all of the administrative duties described in #1 above.
  1. Other Position Titles That May Be Considered Acceptable. Experience completed while holding other positions may be considered administrative in nature and may be acceptable for the SDL Professional certificate, such as “Director”. To determine the acceptability of other titles, the employer must submit the following documents to tcert@nysed.gov.
      1. An official statement giving a detailed job description of the administrator position held.
      2. Organizational chart of school administration showing where you fit in the school structure.
      3. A copy of the administrator’s daily schedule.
      4. Date of appointment and, for public school services, a copy of the board resolution.
      5. The percentage of time devoted to each major duty assignment.
      6. Verification that the job is not a classified civil service appointment.
      7. Verification of whether the applicant is in the administrative or teacher's tenure - or both.
Last Updated: April 18, 2019