The New York State Superintendent Development Program offers instruction and mentoring to assist individuals through the transition to becoming superintendent of schools.

At the core of this program are regional teams consisting of one or two superintendent faculty mentors working with four to nine participants (Associates) through a series of authentic learning activities -real issues faced by superintendents in local school districts – to develop real-world solutions with real-world consequences. The issues are identified and sequenced by the faculty mentors to develop insight, knowledge and attitude. Interviews, writing assignments, small and large group tasks and seminars supplement the Associates' work on authentic issues.

Associates are trained to use systems thinking in areas critical to success as a superintendent. They develop the skills and behaviors essential to become a successful superintendent of schools.

The goal of the New York State Superintendent Program experience is to acculturate the Associates to the remarkable challenges and rewards of the superintendency, developing graduates prepared to serve the children and school communities of New York State.


Opening Session
Friday, Saturday, January 25, 26
West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY

School Finance Special Topic Session
Wednesday, February 6
West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY

Mid-Year Session
Wednesday, Thursday, July 17,18
West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY

Culminating Session
Saturday, November 2
West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY

As with any superintendency, an extensive time commitment and rigorous performance standards are required of Program Associates. In addition to the 5 full day sessions, special topic sessions, authentic issue teamwork, and superintendent interviews are essential pieces of the program experience. Faculty-Associate teams meet weekly throughout the program year to discuss current issues and situations, plan events and work on authentic issue research.


The 2019 Program Fee is $4,500. For Associates pursuing NYS SDL certification, the Fee may include nine graduate credits from SUNY Oswego. Associates with SDL certification may opt for the 9 credit hours for an additional $4,200 SUNY Oswego tuition charge.

If the Program Fee is paid by the Associate, payments may be spread over two fiscal years. If the Fee is paid by a school district, it may opt to make one payment or spread the payments across two fiscal years. BOCES Aid may be claimed on the coordination portion of the Program Fee.

Payment for 9 credit option (not for SDL) will be billed separately and directly to the Associate by SUNY Oswego.


The New York State Superintendent Development Program is offered to individuals seeking to become superintendent of schools who


November 23, 2018 - Applications for 2019 Cohort due

December 15, 2018 - Notification 2019 Associates

January 25, 2019 - NYSSDP Opens