Lead the way toward effective management practices for the improvement of urban schools

Graduate Certificate (12 credits)

The business essentials for urban school administrators certificate program provides students with strategies to develop business systems that best support urban school environments. Advance in your current career through this 100% Online+ business essentials certificate through Davenport’s Global Campus. You’ll be well equipped to effectively analyze an urban school’s performance management process and leadership development plans. Plus, you’ll develop tools on how to gain alignment on goals for improved business management of urban school building operations, resources and communications.

Certificate credits apply toward a master’s in urban educational leadership degree

Take the business essentials certificate as a stand-alone certificate or stack it with the urban education leadership principles graduate certificate and instructional core transformation for school administrators graduate certificate and earn your master’s degree in urban educational leadership in less than two years.

Explore classes for Davenport’s business essentials certificate

Coursework explores constructing operational systems, recognizing and solving complex school building issues and effectively communicating the solutions to education employees and community stakeholders. Faculty and students will summarize the essentials of performance management used to assess the performance of an individual school.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Finish this graduate certificate program in just one semester
Benefit from a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio at Davenport
Pursue your urban education graduate certificate 100% online
Number of students in urban schools positively impacted by our program participants

Why pursue a business essentials certificate at Davenport?

In as little as one semester, you’ll develop a foundational understanding of urban school leadership and gain skills in business as related to urban schools. You’ll be well positioned for new job opportunities. By earning the business essentials certificate, you’ll be poised for advancement within your school district.

This certificate curriculum is part of Davenport’s master of education in urban educational leadership program, so once you’ve earned your certificate, you can seamlessly continue with the full master’s program. Or, you can get straight to work as an urban education leader, paving the way toward increased educational equity.

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Benefit from our educational partnerships

Take advantage of Davenport’s relationships with partner districts, some of which often offer tuition benefits to candidates enrolled in our urban education programs. 

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Hands-on experience in urban settings

Gain hands-on experience through projects, service learning, research, fieldwork and internships in urban education settings with a focus on leadership for educational equity and inclusion. 


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Financial aid and discounts available

Benefit from Davenport’s expansive partnerships with local schools and districts. If you work for one of our educational partners, you may be eligible for tuition discounts of up to 39%.  



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Faculty who are educational leaders

Learn from Davenport University faculty who have nearly 30+ years of experience as educators, collectively, with expertise in areas like elementary and secondary teaching and educational leadership as well as certification in Online+ learning instruction. 


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Focused on best practices  

Leverage your experience while exploring research and best practices in areas like leadership for educational equity, curriculum, instruction and assessment, entrepreneurship and more.    



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Award-winning program  

Davenport is a Transformational Award Winner as recognized by the American Council on Education. 



Get started on your business essentials for urban school administrators certificate

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your business essentials certificate at Davenport.

Talk to a graduate admissions advisor

Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at info@davenport.edu.

Apply now or request more information

Start or advance your career as an education leader in our cities. Request more information or begin your application now.

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
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