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Certificate in Education Finance

Certificate in Education Finance

What is the Certificate in Education Finance?

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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) from Georgetown University 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.

Upcoming cohort: Sept. 11-12 at the Gates Foundation in Seattle – OR –  Sept. 24-25 in DC

The CEF is an interdisciplinary certification combining finance, economics and leadership with public policy and administration.

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.

Upon successful program completion, participants earn a Certificate in Education Finance from Georgetown University. Participants can also earn 3.0 CEUs, 36 CPEs, and/or 30 PDCs.

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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.

The three-month program is designed for working professionals.

Participants attend a two-day, in-person, group live session with six follow-up modules of group internet-based interactive virtual learning (each 2-3 hours).

Registration $3,500


ELabU is a collection of education finance instructional modules designed to provide the hands-on finance skills education practitioners and policy makers need to make strategic financial decisions and tradeoffs on behalf of students. It is not a scripted curriculum.

Modules include options for how to deliver the content (or relevant components of it) as it makes sense for individual educational and training contexts.

CEF Cohort & Alumni Resources

Registered participants and alumni can access session presentations, worksheets, and recordings of virtual sessions via their cohort’s Box folder. Our Education Director, Jordan Tollefson has provided the login information via email.

Need it re-sent? Email and we’ll get you connected.

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Upcoming cohort: Sept. 11-12 at the Gates Foundation in Seattle – OR –  Sept. 24-25 in DC

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This collaborative group meets monthly to explore current research and troubleshoot common challenges. We focus on student-based allocation formulas, fiscal transparency, and strategic financial decision-making. To learn more about the network, email Jessica Swanson at


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