EXPEDITED School District Business Leader, AC

Our expedited advanced certificate in school district business leader (E-SDBL) is intended for those leaders who already have School Building Leader or School District Leader certification and now want to become certified as a School District Business Leader. The program, which is 100% online, consists of five courses and a supervised internship in a school business office. Courses are offered one at a time, over five semesters. The supervised internship can be undertaken as an Independent Study upon completion of three of the five courses. Admission to the program is on a continuing basis, meaning you can apply at most any time and begin classes the next semester.

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Why the Expedited School District Business Leader program at UB?

  • As the holder of a SBL or SDL certfificate, you receive credit for prior learning which reduces the number of courses required for this additional certificate
  • All courses are offered online
  • Assignments are highly practical and field based
  • 100% of our SDBL* grads are working in school business positions
  • If you apply today, you can begin as early as next semester

*This applies to our 36-hour LIFTS SDBL program. The Expedited SDBL program is too new to have placement information.

Program Options

Our advanced certificate in school business and human resources administration, in conjunction with a 300-hour clinical internship, leads to certification in school disctict business leader (SDBL).


You must currently hold SBL or SDL certification to be eligible to enroll in this advanced certificate.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 18
Time to completion 2 years
Course delivery Online
Career opportunities School district business leader
Experiential contact hours 300 hours clinical internship
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Required Coursework

Required Courses (15 credits)

ELP 605 Collective Negotiations and Contract Administration
ELP 629 Personnel Administration in Schools
ELP 642 Governance and Policy for School Leaders
ELP 646 School Business Administration
ELP 649 Public School Finance

Clinical Internship (3 credits - 300 hours)

ELP 660 Clinical Seminar: Internship

Application Requirements

The application for the Expedited School District Business Leader advanced certificate is the same application as the School Business and Human Resource Administration advanced certificate. When completing the application you must indicate you hold SBL or SDL certification to be eligible to apply.  

You must be enrolled in GSE's SBHRA advanced certificate program and hold a school building leader or school district leader certification.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Proof of certification for teacher certification, as well as SBL or SDL certification.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50 
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.