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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.

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Certificate Cohort Resources

We also offer a collection of free education finance instructional modules. This is not a scripted curriculum. Modules include options for how to deliver the content (or relevant components) for individual educational and training contexts.

Explore ELab-U: Ed Finance Curricula

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 3.0 CEUs, 36 CPEs or 30 PDCs.*


Register for the Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Cohort

Upcoming Events

One on one discussion

Certificate in Ed Finance

Pittsburgh, PA November 8-9, 2023
Las Vegas, NV January 18-20, 2024
Register here!

Wild Ride Ahead: A Workshop on District Finances Post ESSER
Four 2-Hour  Virtual Sessions
Sept. 28, 29, Oct. 5, 6, 12-2pm ET
A close read of district financial statements from across the country warns of financial havoc for the next three years. Never before have leaders faced such competing priorities: spend down relief dollars in ways that bring value for students, while also bracing for budget gaps unlike any in history. Decisions made now come with big consequences for downstream financial solvency, teacher and staff layoffs, school closures, and ultimately for students. In this workshop, participants will consider how to develop and weigh different options for budget cuts; invest in a way that is financially sustainable and transparent; enhance equity in the short and long term, and build trust by engaging communities in financial choices. Register here.

District Finance Network Meeting
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 edunomics@georgetown.edu.

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