Certificate in Education Finance  

An interdisciplinary certification combining finance, economics, and leadership with public policy and administration, the CEF emphasizes practical skills and application. Using a cohort model, the program helps participants build practical fluency in how management decisions, wide-ranging policies, and resource allocation intersect to impact student success across multiple contexts, including their own. 

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Hybrid 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). 


Leadership and Expertise: 
Dr. Marguerite Roza

The Certificate in Education Finance is led and taught by Dr. Marguerite Roza, Research Professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Edunomics Lab.

Dr. Roza's Bio

Cohort Design

CEF participants complete the program as part of a cohort. Participants may include, but are not limited to:

  • School principals and leaders
  • Central office leadership
  • Education policymakers
  • Analysts
  • Graduate students
  • Grantmakers
  • Nonprofit leaders

Participant Experience

Guest Speakers

Leaders from across the education sector are integrated throughout the program, bringing expertise on teacher compensation, pensions and benefits, higher education, state and federal policy, and more.

Past guest speakers have included:

  • Eric Hanushek, Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Dan Goldhaber, Center for Education Data & Research at University of Washington 
  • Kimberly Robinson, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Matt Chingos, Urban Institute
  • Sheara Krvaric, Federal Education Group, PLLC
  • Chad Aldeman,  Bellwether Education Partners
  • Kaya Henderson, Teach for All
  • Rebecca Sibilia, EdBuild
  • Josh McGee, The Manhattan Institute
  • Lillian Lowery, The Education Trust
The program emphasizes practical skills and application while learning through a combination of interactive classroom instruction, reading, self-reflection, and hands-on practice. Virtual sessions feature guest experts from across the field, dynamic group conversations, and small group activities in "breakout" rooms. Optional "office hours" provide an opportunity to talk about any topics of interest.
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. On successful program completion, participants earn 4.0 CEUs or 48 CPE credits.

Continuing Education Credits


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.