Certificate Information

The NSFA CEFL is offered with the busy leader in mind.

Schedule: 2021 Schedule: To Be Announced

Number: 6 courses

Duration: 4 weeks/course, 6 months/certificate

Time Commitment: Self-paced, average of 5 hr/week, 20 hr/course

Cost: $400/course, $2400/certificate. NSFA members receive 10% discount.

Grading: Pass/Fail

Format: Asynchronous online via downloadable presentations, digital readings, weekly post-based discussion, assignments, micro-credentials, and (optional) virtual meetings to connect with cohort colleagues in real time.

CEFL Advisor

Sara D. Bender, CEFL, CFRM
CEFL Director

P: 317.460.4406

2021 National Conference CEFL Informational Panel Discussion

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Certificate in Education Foundation Leadership, CEFL

The Certificate in Education Foundation Leadership (CEFL) is the professional standard of the National School Foundation Association and is the only certification program designed exclusively for education foundation leaders and executives.  While each education foundation is unique, this program provides students with specific skills and knowledge required to lead and manage an education foundation of any size.

The National School Foundation Association connects, informs and motivates education foundation leaders through the CEFL program to help leaders manage and lead organizations for greater success.

Cohort Candidates

Ideal CEFL student candidates are familiar with education foundations, passionate about advancing K-12 education and have enough flexibility in weekly scheduling to focus approximately 5 hours on coursework.  This program is ideal for education foundation executive directors, staff, board members, volunteers or those interested in pursuing a career with an education foundation.  The asynchronous online format allows students to integrate the self-paced coursework into their busy schedules while networking with professional peers nationwide.  Upon completion, NSFA-Certified Education Foundation Leaders can apply their training to operate local foundations more efficiently and impact school communities more effectively.

Industry Expert Leadership

The experienced instructors specialize in training executive leaders who are seeking a network of peers, specific training, and the confidence to overcome the daily and demanding challenges of increasing funding for local schools.  Each instructor is endorsed by NSFA to provide relevant materials and consulting-level interaction that will advance the sophistication of your organization.  Instructors frame coursework to provide valuable information as well as an opportunity to connect with your peers through topic-specific discussions.  While the courses are designed to be applicable to all education foundations, instructors are more than willing to discuss and advise students on success strategies for the needs of specific situations.

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