LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE FOR TOMORROW’S SCHOOLS (LIFTS)

Administration Certification

Our administration certification in LIFTS focuses on preparing you for New York State Education Department certification as school leaders. All three programs — school building leader (SBL), school district leader (SDL) and school district business leader (SDBL) — are guided by the belief that building trust and developing effective relationships with diverse individuals and groups is at the core of effective leadership.

LIFTS has a 71% placement rate for all certified graduates and a 100% placement rate for certified School District Business Leader graduates.

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Why LIFTS Certification at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • cohort-based learning environment supported by a network of experienced local school and district leaders
  • emphasis on reflective practice and change leadership
  • integration of academic and experiential learning, including current issues and problems of school and district practice
  • learning that leading begins by asking the right questions as opposed to having all the answers
  • opportunities to collaborate with students with diverse backgrounds, interests and points of view

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Administration Certification
Credentials required for admission
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Permanent or professional certificate in the classroom teaching service or pupil personnel service (not required for SDBL)
  • Minimum three years of teaching experience (not required for SDBL)
Credits required for completion
Time to completion 2 years
Course delivery
  • SBL/SDL – all courses on campus
  • SDBL – 7 courses on campus and 5 courses online
Careers
  • Assistant superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • School building leader
  • School district leader
  • School district business leader
Clinical internship hours 600
Application deadline April 1

Program Coursework

School Building Leader (33 credits)

ELP 604 Law and Public Education
ELP 606 Changing Social Contexts for Educational Leaders
ELP 607 School and District Capacity Building
ELP 625 Studies in Educational Leadership
ELP 647 Educational Planning, Budgeting and Data Analysis
ELP 652 Leadership and Policy for Inclusion
ELP 658 Clinical Seminar: Internship
ELP 659 Clinical Seminar: Internship
ELP 664 Teacher Evaluation and Supervision
ELP 681 Curriculum & Instructional Leadership
ELP 689 Human Resources and Labor Relations in Education

School District Leader (36 credits)

ELP 604 Law and Public Education
ELP 606 Changing Social Contexts for Educational Leaders
ELP 607 School and District Capacity Building
ELP 625 Studies in Educational Leadership
ELP 635 Leading an Effective School District
ELP 647 Educational Planning, Budgeting and Data Analysis
ELP 652 Leadership and Policy for Inclusion
ELP 658 Clinical Seminar: Internship
ELP 659 Clinical Seminar: Internship
ELP 664 Teacher Evaluation and Supervision
ELP 681 Curriculum & Instructional Leadership
ELP 689 Human Resources and Labor Relations in Education

School District Business Leader (36 credits)

ELP 604 Law and Public Education
ELP 605 Collective Negotiations and Contract Administration
ELP 606 Changing Social Contexts for Educational Leaders
ELP 607 School and District Capacity Building
ELP 625 Studies in Educational Leadership
ELP 629 Personnel Administration in Schools
ELP 635 Leading an Effective School District
ELP 646 School Business Administration
ELP 647 Educational Planning, Budgeting and Data Analysis
ELP 649 Public School Finance
ELP 658 Clinical Seminar: Internship
ELP 659 Clinical Seminar: Internship

Clinical Experiences in Educational Leadership

You are expected to complete a 600 hour clinical internship experience, either one academic semester full-time; one summer full-time plus one academic semester part-time; or two academic semesters part-time. Except in unusual circumstances, the clinical internship will take place in the last two semesters of the program.

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Application Requirements

 
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.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores, including verbal, quantitative and writing sections. Please use Institution Code 2925 and Department Code 3001. (If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in your master's degree, you should contact the admissions office to discuss the possibility of a waiver of the test score.) For NYS certified teachers and educational leaders who already hold a graduate degree, the GRE is not required.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Writing Sample: A writing sample at least 3 pages in length (approximately 750 words). The content should be professional or academic in nature (i.e. master's thesis, grants, etc.)

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 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 translated into U.S. dollars

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.