Certificate in Education Finance

McCourt School of Public Policy

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  • 2 days
  • blended, online

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McCourt School of Public Policy

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The four-month overview program is designed for busy professionals. Participants attend a two-day, in-person session with 7 follow-up modules (each 2-3 hours) of interactive virtual learning held every two weeks. The program targets, but is not limited to, education policymakers; central office leadership; campus and network leaders; analysts and graduate students; grant makers and nonprofit leaders. There are no prerequisites and no advance preparation required.

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Program Highlights

The one-of-a-kind Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) equips participants with the practical skills they need in strategic fiscal management, policy analysis, and leadership to deploy resources in ways that do the most for students.

About the Program

The four-month program is designed for working professionals. Participants attend a two-day, in-person, group live session with seven follow-up modules of group internet-based interactive virtual learning (each 2-3 hours).

The program emphasizes practical skills and application while learning through a combination of interactive classroom instruction, reading, self-reflection, and hands-on practice. Areas of study include allocation and accountability structures, instruction delivery model impacts and implications, effects of ESSA and state policy in local context, productivity analyses, and common (but often ill-understood) cost drivers in education. This is a comprehensive overview course; there are no prerequisites and no advance preparation required. Participants can earn 4.0 CEUs or 48 CPEs.

Learning Goals

Participants will learn:

  • How policy affects equity and resource use.
  • How to more effectively consume and use education finance information at the federal, state, and local levels in the K-12 education system.
  • How to more strategically drive resource allocation decisions to reach desired outcomes and avoid unintended consequences that can negatively impact students, schools, and communities.
  • How to understand and effectively grapple with the challenges of productivity and financial tradeoffs in an environment of finite education dollars.
  • How to communicate finance strategy and decisions.

Experts

Marguerite Roza

Dr. Roza directs a research center focused on education finance called the Edunomics Lab (Edunomicslab.org). Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar im...

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