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Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership

Community Schools — online advanced certificate program

What are community schools?

Community schools are 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

Be part of the nation's first cohort

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 exams (GREs)




To apply, visit the certificate program admissions page.


For questions regarding Binghamton University's advanced certificate program in Community Schools, contact Tami Mann, director of recruitment, admissions and certification, at or 607-777-5322.


 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

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Last Updated: 6/15/18