Administration Certification

Our Leadership Initiative for Tomorrow’s Schools (LIFTS) administration certification prepares you for New York State Education Department certification as a school leader. Our programs — school building leader (SBL) and school district leader (SDL) — are guided by the belief that building trust and developing effective relationships is at the core of effective leadership. We also prepare you to recognize and attend to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in a system where inequities are pervasive.

LIFTS Summer 2020 Courses for New Students

Courses, course delivery and course dates for new students have changed. New students will now be required to enroll in two online courses, which will run from June 22 to July 31. The traditional, seated, three-week intensive experience will not take place this summer. For additional questions about the LIFTS program, please contact Tom Ramming at trammin@buffalo.edu.


Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
10 to 11 a.m.
479 Baldy Hall | Buffalo, NY

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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

LIFTS has a 71% placement rate for all certified graduates.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Administration Certification
Credentials required for admission
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Permanent or professional certificate in classroom teaching service or pupil personnel service
  • Minimum three years of teaching experience
Credits required for completion
Time to completion 2 years
Course delivery
  • SBL/SDL – all courses on campus
  • Assistant superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • School building leader
  • School district leader
Clinical internship hours 600
Application deadline

Summer admission only

April 15

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a collection of frequently asked questions that may help you. If your questions are still unanswered, we are glad to help! Contact our admission office.

Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus