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School Finance and Facilities Management




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Course level: EDU Graduate

This course provides an overview for principal candidates in the basic concepts of school finance and facilities management. Topics include school funding and finance, legal and political issues of school funding, and the benefits of school funding. Principal candidates will also examine issues regarding facilities planning and management. Principal candidates will participate in field experiences related to school finance and facilities management. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and individuals who reside outside the United States.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

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Week 1

  • Analyze the changing demographics of the United States of America and the implications for educational finance and funding.
  • Identify the various sources of revenue available to support public education.
  • Analyze the federal government’s role in public education as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution, other federal legislation, and court decisions.

Week 2

  • Describe the various state funding formulas, including their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Analyze a state funding formula for a specific state.
  • Identify federal programs and grants available to public schools, and taxation issues.

Week 3

    • Identify current and future politically charged issues that influence school funding.
    • Discuss the positive and negative impacts of technology on school funding.
    • Analyze federal and state equity cases.

Week 4

  • Describe the return on educational investment, particularly with respect to student achievement and societal benefits.
  • Analyze the relationship between funding equity and equal educational opportunities for students.
  • Discuss the impact of federal aid, implemented through education legislation, on current public school programs.

Week 5

  • Identify the various components of a school district's annual budget.
  • Analyze the necessary steps and stakeholders involved in developing a school district's annual budget.
  • Identify the requirements for accounting, reporting, and auditing procedures related to school financial matters under state law.
  • Describe school site budgeting preparation and distribution of funds to support student achievement.
  • Use technology in the preparation of a budget for a facilities improvement plan.

Week 6

  • Describe bonding and capital outlay procedures for various projects, including school construction.
  • Identify the various methods of funding capital outlay projects.
  • Analyze methods of purchasing and inventory control.
  • Analyze maintenance and operations of the school facility.
  • Describe the process of planning, programming, and designing educational learning environments that adhere to equity, legal, and policy requirements.


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Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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