Chief School Business Official (CSBO) Endorsement

This program earns students a Certificate of Advanced Study and the Chief School Business Official (CSBO) Endorsement. Students with the Superintendent license, a CPA, or a MBA may only need 6-14 credits depending on previous course work completed. A review of transcripts will be completed to personalize each student's program.

The School of Education is a university partner of Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO).

Grading Policy

Passing at the graduate level is considered a B or higher. A maximum of 8 hours of C (2.0) is applicable, provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at the time of program completion and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration. Grades of C- or lower are not accepted.

Candidates must take and pass ISBE Licensure Exam(s) in their specific area(s) to qualify for Illinois entitlement

Graduate Certificate of Advanced Study 

This program is for students who need a full program to seek the position of district school business official. The full program requires the completion of 34 semester hours of course work, including 28 hours of EDL courses and three semesters (two credit hours each) of internship experiences.1  


EDL 524Educational Bargaining Approaches & Employability Issues4
EDL 541Educational Research Methods 14
EDL 543Assessment for Learning 14
EDL 603Advanced Seminar on Law and Public Policy4
EDL 605Research in Educational Leadership 14
EDL 611Superintendent as Instructional Leader 14
EDL 612Management of Educational Funds and Facilities4
EDL 621Superintendent and Central Staff/Personnel Management4
EDL 626Clinical Experiences/Internship I2
EDL 627Clinical Experiences/Internship II2
EDL 628Clinical Experiences/Internship III2
EDL 635Organizational Theory and Leadership4
EDL 640Business Application Revenues4
EDL 645Business Application Expenditures4
Total Hours34