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Certificate in Education Finance (CEF)

Financial and resource allocation issues influence all aspects of U.S. public education policy yet are often not fully understood. This one-of-a-kind Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) equips participants with the practical skills they need in strategic fiscal management, finance policy analysis, and financial leadership to deploy resources in ways that do the most for students. For additional NASBA-sponsored opportunities, see our upcoming events below. To receive CPEs or PDCs, please email Jordan.Tollefson@georgetown.edu to register.

Round table discussion
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Certificate Cohort Resources

What is the Certificate in Education Finance?

The CEF is an interdisciplinary certification combining finance, economics and leadership with public policy and administration. The hybrid interactive virtual and in-person learning is designed for busy working professionals.

Participants learn to:

  • Identify common (but often ill-understood) cost drivers in education.
  • Analyze how policy affects equity and resource use.
  • Effectively consume and use education finance information.
  • Strategically allocate resources to reach desired outcomes and avoid unintended consequences that can negatively impact students, schools, and communities.
  • Grapple with productivity and financial tradeoffs in an environment of finite education dollars.
  • Communicate finance strategy and decisions to myriad audiences.

Who can join a CEF cohort?

The program targets, but is not limited to, education policymakers; central office leadership; campus and network leaders; analyst and graduate students; grant makers and non-profit leaders. No prerequisites or advance preparation required. Upon completion, participants earn 4.0 CEUs or 42.2 CPEs.*


Sign up here for our next cohort.

Upcoming Events

One on one discussion

Certificate in Ed Finance 2021

November 2-3 via Virtual Delivery

November 9-10 in New Orleans, LA

SBA Network Meeting
Edunomics Lab hosts a network of districts exploring or implementing student-based allocation formulas. This collaborative group meets monthly to explore current research and troubleshoot common challenges related to restructuring funding around students. To learn more about the network, email Laura.Anderson@georgetown.edu.

How Districts Can Navigate the Tumultuous Financial Landscape 
ASBO Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI
10/13, 11:15am CT
Marguerite Roza will lead a session on dilemmas facing districts across the country and share trends we’re seeing in our tracking of district spending decisions. She’ll discuss how to weigh strategic financial tradeoffs when deciding how to spend federal relief funds, address learning loss, cope with shifting enrollments, navigate on-again-off-again re-opening plans, and plan amidst uncertain revenues. Register here.

Using School-by-School Financials to Engage Stakeholders in Spending Decisions
ASBO Webinar
11/12, 3:00pm ET
New school-by-school spending data present an incredible opportunity for districts to examine how funds are deployed to schools in the context of student outcomes. Katie Silberstein and Hannah Jarmolowski will explore how spending data displays can be used to support thoughtful decision-making, and how districts can use them with proven communication protocols to engage stakeholders, especially principals and school staff, parents, community members, school board members and administrators. Information will be based on lessons from a US Dept. of Ed. pilot with 17 districts working to ensure these financial data live up to their promise of improving schooling. Register here.

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