Strategic Fiscal Management, Finance Policy Analysis, and Financial Leadership

The Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) is an interdisciplinary certification combining finance, economics and leadership with public policy and administration. The program 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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Expert Faculty

The CEF will be led and taught by Dr. Marguerite Roza, with other experts included throughout the program.

Marguerite Roza

Dr. Roza's Bio

Hybrid Program

The four-month program is designed for busy professionals with a full-time career. Participants attend a two-day, in-person session on the Georgetown University campus with 8 follow-up modules of interactive virtual learning (each 2-3 hours).

Cohort Dates

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 and graduate students; grant makers and nonprofit leaders.

This cohort-based program emphasizes practical skills and application while learning through a combination of interactive classroom instruction, reading, self-reflection, and hands-on practice. Participants will be guided through financial and related resource allocation issues integral to the U.S. public education policy. Participants will gain exposure to different education finance leaders and learn to think about resource allocation from different perspectives. Materials and activities will equip participants with the skills they need to be better consumers and users of education finance information at all levels in the system. Participants will gain familiarity with budgets, spending related policies, and data sources for financial information and wrestle with challenges of productivity and tradeoffs.
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.
On successful program completion, participants earn 4.0 CEUs.


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.


Two-Day Residency: July 31-August 1, 2018 at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Follow-on virtual classes will be held on Thursdays between 11:00am - 2:00pm EST every two weeks on:                        
8/23/2018 9/6/2018 9/20/2018 10/4/2018
10/18/2018 11/1/2018 11/15/2018
Summer 2018: Dates to be determined. To express your interest, please contact the Edunomics Lab at and we will notify you when program dates have been confirmed.
Custom dates and locations: Organizations interested in hosting a custom cohort date or location outside of Washington DC should email us at
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Applicants must complete all requirements listed in the application form.

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CEF tuition is $3,500 per student. Additional individual expenses vary as tuition does not include airfare or DC accommodations. For more information on tuition and opportunities for financial assistance email


For general inquiries about CEF, please contact the Edunomics Lab Team.

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