Community Schools — online advanced certificate program

What are community schools?

The community schools initiative is a strategy for organizing school and community resources around student success. Each community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become centers of the community, open to everyone, all day, every day, evenings and weekends. Community schools represent a strategy, not a program.

Learn more about community schools from our partners at the Children's Aid National Center for Community Schools: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Become a part of this unique program

Binghamton University's innovative online certificate program, offered in partnership with the Children's Aid National Center for Community Schools, is designed for school professionals from across disciplines, community-based service providers, or anyone seeking a role that makes meaningful, measurable improvements in lives and communities.

About the program

  • Courses offered entirely online
  • Program completion in one year of part-time study
  • BA or BS required
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • No professional licensing and/or certification required
  • No I-20 required; international students are welcome to apply


The plan of study for Community Schools provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

The Advanced Certificate in Community Schools can also serve as a concentration in our online Master of Science in Educational Studies program.


To apply, visit the certificate program admissions page.


For questions regarding Binghamton University's advanced certificate program in Community Schools, contact


 Jane Quinn            Children's Aid and National Center for Community Schools

"The Children's Aid National Center for Community Schools is proud and pleased to partner with Binghamton University in developing the nation's first on-line certificate program on community schools—an effort to combine solid scholarship with on-the-ground experience and to prepare professionals from multiple disciplines to organize school and community resources around student success."

—Jane Quinn, vice president and director, National Center for Community Schools


Tuition/ Fee Type





exclusively online

Graduate  Tuition per credit $471.00 $963.00 $565.00
Academic Excellence Fee $29.25 $29.25 $29.25
Graduate Activity Fee $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Student Health Services Fee* $21.25 $21.25 $21.25
ID Card Fee* $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
Recreation Fee* $6.75 $6.75 $6.75
Technology Fee $43.50 $43.50 $43.50
Transportation Fee* $11.00 $11.00 $11.00
College Fee $4.25 $4.25 $4.25
Academic Transcript Fee $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
CCPA Program Fee $8.00 $8.00 $8.00
Totals per credit $604.75 $1,096.75 $698.75
Totals per 15-credit program $9,071.25 $16,451.25 $10,481.25

*Fees may be waived according to the current fee waiver policy and are subject to change. For the most accurate tuition and fee rates, review Student Accounts' website.

Note: Enrolling in another program may adjust the tuition and fee rates. Bills are adjusted after the add/drop deadline.

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