Certification

School Leader / Supervisory Certification

Candidates must possess the proper New York State certification to qualify for supervisory positions with the New York City Department of Education. The information below applies to candidates for principal, assistant principal (AP), education administrator (EA), “supervisor of,” or pedagogical manager positions.

There are various New York State certificates that currently qualify a candidate to serve in a supervisory position in the New York City Department of Education:

  • School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) certificate
  • School District Administrator (SDA) certificate
  • School Building Leader (SBL) certificate
  • School District Leader (SDL) certificate

Please note, the New York City Department of Education does not require or use the School Business Administrator (SBA) or new School District Business Leader (SDBL) certificates.

Candidates for principal, AP, EA, or “supervisor of” positions must possess a valid SAS, SDA, or SBL certificate.

Candidates for pedagogical manager positions (including superintendent titles) must possess a valid SDA or SDL certificate.

Please note that as of September 1, 2007, the SAS certificate was replaced by the SBL certificate and the SDA certificate was replaced by the SDL certificate.

The SAS and SDA certificates are still valid; however, since September 1, 2007, New York State is issuing only the SBL and SDL certificates.

Candidates interested in obtaining the new SBL and SDL certificates should be aware that the minimum requirements for the SBL and SDL certificates are slightly different from the SAS and SDA requirements. Please visit the New York State Education Department website directly for more details.

If a candidate holds one of the previously issued supervisory certificates (SAS or SDA):

  • Either certificate can be used for principal, AP, EA, or "supervisor of" positions.
  • Pedagogical manager positions (including superintendent titles) require the SDA.

If a candidate holds one of the new supervisory certificates (SBL or SDL); they may not be interchangeable:

  • Candidates for principal, AP, EA, or "supervisor of" positions must have the SBL certificate.
  • Candidates for pedagogical manager positions (including superintendent titles) must have the SDL certificate.

Please note, the New York City Department of Education does not require or use the School Business Administrator (SBA) or new School District Business Leader (SDBL) certificates.

In the transition from one series of certificates to another, applicants should be aware of the following:

  • Candidates can no longer apply for a provisional SAS or SDA certificate.
  • Candidates may still apply for a permanent SAS certificate as long as they met all requirements by September 1, 2007, or while their provisional certificate was still valid.


For Subject-Based Supervisory Positions (such as AP-Supervision Mathematics, Supervisor of Speech Improvement, etc.), candidates must also possess a valid New York State teaching certificate in the underlying subject area.

For Candidates with Supervisory Certificates from Other States
If a candidate holds an administrative or supervisory certificate from another state, she/he may be eligible for a New York State certificate through interstate reciprocity.

Even candidates who are certified in another state must apply for and be issued New York State Certification to be considered for supervisory positions with the New York City Department of Education.

If a candidate is certified in another state, she/he must submit a new application with all the required supporting materials (e.g. transcripts, evidence of experience, etc.) to the New York State Education Department.

For Candidates with Internship Certificates from New York State
The New York City Department of Education does not accept any supervisory Internship certificates.

New York City Certificates of Eligibility

Candidates for principal, AP, EA, and “supervisor of” positions are no longer required to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).