School Building Leader Certificate Experience Requirements and Position Titles

For the School Building Leader (SBL) Initial certificate, individuals must complete at least three years of acceptable teaching and/or pupil personnel service experience.

For the SBL Professional certificate, individuals must complete at least three years of acceptable educational leadership experience, which must include at least one year as a school building leader.

Administrative Duties

Individuals who hold a valid SBL or SAS certificate may work in a single school building, or may work in multiple school buildings within a district while performing the same or similar administrative duty(ies) across buildings. The administrative duties that they perform must support building-level work and initiatives, regardless of location(s) performed, and may include but are not limited to: hiring and supervising certified school personnel; overseeing the school curriculum, instruction, and professional development; addressing school climate; and managing the school budget.

Examples of Acceptable School Building Leader Experiences

Experience that is gained in the following positions is considered acceptable experience as a school building leader.

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal, Vice Principal, Associate Principal
  • School-building level administrators, such as a Coordinator, Department Chairperson, Supervisor, or Unit Head
Examples of Experiences that Are Not School Building Leader Experiences
  • Superintendent and similar district-level positions
  • Civil service positions
  • Athletic Director (this position does not require State certification)
  • Instructional Support Services (this is a teaching, not an administrative, position)
Last Updated: August 5, 2022