Mar 20, 2018
Assistant Professor Thompson, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5749, Eustace.G.Thompson@hofstra.edu
This certificate of advanced study program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to operate a fiscally sound school district within the parameters established by New York state and the local school system. The program is suitable for current educational administrators who wish to develop expertise in the business and financial aspects of a school district organization. It is also suitable for individuals, with or without prior experience in education, who seek preparation for school district business leadership positions. Completion of this program qualifies the graduate for the New York State School District Business Leader (SDBL) certificate.
Application for admission is made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Admission decisions will be based on the following:
- Applicants must have completed a master’s degree and a minimum of
five years of full-time experience in a professional position in
educational or non-educational organizations. A master’s degree in
business administration or accounting is preferred.
- The application must also include the following documents and
demonstrate evidence of essential leadership qualities and
Three completed department recommendation forms.
Statement of purpose
3. Evidence of administrative certification, if completed.
The program consists of 15 or 38 credits, depending on prior education and certification status.
Pre/Corequisite: Prior to graduation, candidates must have completed a minimum of 3 semester hours in governmental fund accounting or the equivalent at the graduate or undergraduate level.
Option 1 - Semester Hours: 38
For applicants who have not completed an approved administrative
certification program, the program requirements include the following:
Option 2 - Semester Hours: 15
For applicants who have completed certificate programs in approved
programs and currently hold certification as School District Leader
(SDL), or School District Administrator (SDA), the program requirements
are as follows:
Upon successful completion of the educational program, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. Prior to recommendation, candidates must either attend seminars, or provide documentation of completion from an agency providing state-registered seminars, in the following areas: fire and arson; identification of child abuse and maltreatment; school violence prevention and intervention; highway safety/prevention of child abduction; and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. Candidates for certification in New York state must also demonstrate satisfactory performance on the requisite state assessment.