Sample Course Offerings and Sequencing

This is a sample of the coursework required to complete the program. Please consult NIU for the most current course numbers and sequence. To see the program sequencing for the upcoming Spring 2019 Online Cohort, see this program overview. 

First Semester

LEBM 501 (3): School Business Management
A summary of task areas such as management of auxiliary enterprises including accounting and financial control, maintenance of buildings and grounds, personnel and office management, transportation, insurance, investments, administration of supplies and equipment, and administrative relationships.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)

LEEA 500 (3): Educational Organization & Administration: Principles, Concepts, & Structure
Development of an awareness and understanding of the social, political, and behavioral bases for educational administration. (Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)
Course sequence may vary based on enrollment.

Second Semester

LEBM 521 (3): Accounting, Statement Analysis, & Budgeting
Principles of school fund accounting including a study of budgeting, payroll administration, bonded indebtedness, accounting for receipts and expenditures, extracurricular funds and analysis of statements, and auxiliary enterprises such as cafeteria and and store.
PRQ: LEBM 501, LEEA 500 or consent of department.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)

LEEA 520 (3): Educational Finance 
I Survey of social, economic, and political considerations in public financing of education. Examination of sources of revenues, federal-state-local allocation systems, and local educational agency financial planning and budgeting. Clinical experiences are included. 
PRQ: LEBM 501, LEEA 500 or consent of department.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)
Course sequence may vary based on enrollment. 

Third Semester

LEBM 550 (3): Financial Planning & School Budgeting
Techniques and methods of estimating local, state, and federal revenues; alternative methods of school budget planning and control; and cost analysis.
PRQ: LEBM 521, LEEA 520 or consent of department.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)

LEBM 525 (3): Legal Aspects of School Business Management 
Major legal issues and problems impacting the day-to-day business and financial operations at the school district level. Designed for students in a Master’s Degree Program. Clinical experiences are included.
PRQ: LEBM 501, LEBM 521, LEEA 500, LEEA 520. (Required for Masters and Certification Only Program)
* Students make application for program approval to begin the LEBM 586 Internship – Deadline July 1, 2010

Fourth Semester

LEBM 721 (3): Advanced School Fund Accounting and Budgeting
The application of data processing systems to school fund accounting, payroll, inventories, curriculum, personnel, registration procedures, budget, textbook accounting, and other business office functions.
PRQ: LEBM 521, LEEA 520 or consent of department.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)

ETR 520 (3): Introduction to Educational Research
A basic course in methods of research in education; the planning and conducting of a research study; the developing of skills in problem identification, data collection, analysis, interpretation and preparation of research reports. (Required for Masters Only Program)
*ETR 519 may be substituted for ETR 520
*This course if offered outside of the cohort and may be billed separately through your MyNIU account.
Course sequence may vary based on enrollment.

LEBM 586 (2 hrs per semester for a total of 6 hours): Internship in School Business Management 
The internship is defined as 2 hours of three consecutive semesters (totaling 6 credit hours). The internship can begin any semester after LEBM 550 has been completed. Student may work individually or in a small group in a practical situation under the guidance of a staff member of that setting and a university supervisor. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 12 semester hours, although typically only 9 semester hours may be applied to the program of study.
PRQ: LEBM 501, LEEA 520, LEBM 521, LEBM 550.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)

Fifth Semester 

LEBM 536 (3): The Role of the School Business Administrator in Collective Bargaining
This course focuses on the role performed by the school business administrator in defining the financial parameters for bargaining, measuring the short and long term financial impact of proposals, and administering approved contracts.
PRQ: LEEA 500, LEEA 520, LEBM 501, LEBM 521.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Program)

LEBM 586 (2 hrs per semester for a total of 6 hours): Internship in School Business Management 
The internship is defined as 2 hours of three consecutive semesters (totaling 6 credit hours). The internship can begin any semester after LEBM 550 has been completed. Student may work individually or in a small group in a practical situation under the guidance of a staff member of that setting and a university supervisor. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 12 semester hours, although typically only 9 semester hours may be applied to the program of study.
PRQ: LEBM 501, LEEA 520, LEBM 521, LEBM 550.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)

EPFE 500 (3): Social Foundations of Education (or other EPFE class with approval of advisor)
Social forces influencing education; educational traditions as reflections of diverse cultures; the school and cultural change; educational issues and sources of cultural conflict in the United States. (Required for Masters Only Program) *This course if offered outside of the cohort and may be billed separately through MyNIU account.
Course sequence may vary based on enrollment.
* Students in the master’s degree apply for graduation through their MyNIU account. All student file Type 75 paperwork through the program advisor to initiate the certification process.

Sixth Semester

LEBM 586 (2 hrs per semester for a total of 6 hours): Internship in School Business Management 
The internship is defined as 2 hours of three consecutive semesters (totaling 6 credit hours). The internship can begin any semester after LEBM 550 has been completed. Student may work individually or in a small group in a practical situation under the guidance of a staff member of that setting and a university supervisor. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 12 semester hours, although typically only 9 semester hours may be applied to the program of study.
PRQ: LEBM 501, LEEA 520, LEBM 521, LEBM 550.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Programs)

LEEA 715 (3): Educational Facilities
Educational facilities planning, facilities, survey, population and utilization studies, and evaluation of existing facilities, includes laboratory and field-based clinical experiences.
PRQ: LEEA 500 or consent of department.
(Required for Masters and Certification Only Program)

Key Program Contacts

NIU Contact (Advisement, Registration, Graduation, Certification)

David Snow
Graduate Program Advisor
dsnow1@niu.edu
(815) 753-1465

Illinois ASBO Contact (Membership, Payment, Refunds)

Nicole Lee
Member Relations Associate

nalee@iasbo.org
(815) 753-9305

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