Certificate in Education Finance
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.
Type of Degree
Two-day Residency, Seven Virtual Sessions
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).
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.
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
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, and nonprofit leaders.
Participants report that working with and learning from professionals across a wide swath of roles in the education sector is invaluable in helping them effectively apply their newfound skills.
Course Overview and Credits
Course Overview and Credits
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.
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.
Tuition and Expenses
CEF tuition is $3,500 per participant. Additional individual expenses vary as tuition does not include airfare or accommodations. For more information on tuition and opportunities for financial assistance, email ELabCEF@georgetown.edu.
For general inquiries about CEF, please contact the Edunomics Lab Team at ELabCEF@georgetown.edu.