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 graduate course is 6 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, and individuals who reside outside the United States.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.
The University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses.
Although our continuing education for teacher’s courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing education for teachers’ courses is not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. More information about eligibility requirements, policies, and procedures can be found in the catalog or please check with a University Enrollment Representative.