Community Schools — online advanced certificate program

Play a key role in Community Schools

Binghamton University offers the nation’s only advanced online certification program to help you become a community schools coordinator. Gain new and critical skills while learning from experienced faculty in a nationally ranked university. The program has been developed and launched in partnership with the National Center for Community Schools at Children’s Aid, the nation’s leading training center for community schools. You’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned in your school or organization.   

The online certification program is designed for school professionals from across disciplines, community-based service providers and anyone who has a passion for education and equity for children, families and communities. 

What are Community Schools?

Community Schools build bridges between community resources, placing the school at the core of the community, to support youth, families and neighborhoods within and beyond the doors of the classroom. Through integrating community resources, community schools combat intergenerational poverty and create a more equitable school environment leading to increased student success and stronger communities.

How to apply 

What you should know about the program

  • Content is based on real community school work being done across the United States. The program is completed online with one year of part-time study.
  • Courses offered entirely online.
  • Course materials are provided, so no additional books are required.
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE), professional license and/or certification requirements.
  • 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.


     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, prior 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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