Illinois Chief School Business Official Endorsement

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Chief School Business Official Management Endorsement

Students who enroll in the Chief School Business Official MBA specialization are eligible to earn an Illinois Chief School Business Official (CSBO) Management endorsement. The university’s curriculum adheres to state-mandated requirements for endorsement, including six credit hours of clinical experience.

Illinois CSBO endorsement is an optional component of the specialized MBA program; students from other states and countries can complete their online MBA degrees without pursuing endorsement. However, those who intend to work in Illinois may find that CSBO endorsement provides an advantage when applying for leadership positions at educational institutions and school systems throughout the state. Note: Students must have earned a master’s degree in order to pursue the Illinois CSBO Endorsement.

The Lasting Value of Earning An Endorsement

An Illinois CSBO endorsement offers graduates an extra boost to their career, demonstrating they have attained the highest professional standard possible.

At Concordia University Chicago, those who earn an MBA in the Chief School Business Official specialization are eligible to earn an Illinois Chief School Business Management Endorsement.

An endorsement is worth the effort it takes to attain. Endorsements increase the chances of a graduate from the Chief School Business Management concentration to earn positions of responsibility and leadership at schools and within school systems.

Earning an endorsement requires learning more about the details of school administration, including budgeting, financial matters, human resources, regulatory issues, facilities management and legal issues that affect school systems. Students also do six credit hours of clinical work at a school under supervision.

Concordia University Chicago offers this pathway to an endorsement as part of its commitment to educating the next generation of ethical, socially responsible leaders.

The Concordia University Chicago Difference

Concordia University Chicago focuses every degree program on Four Pillars of Knowledge that prepare students to become qualified, successful leaders and outstanding members of their business community. Those four pillars are:

  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Critical Thinking and Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Communication and Human Relations
  • Global Interconnectedness and Inclusiveness

Concordia University Chicago also recognizes the benefit of online education for many, especially those already in the workforce who need to fit school around busy professional and personal lives. Most classes are offered both in a traditional campus setting and online, often in accelerated programs that allow for faster degree completion.

Endorsement Specifications

Students must pass the CSBO content test #185 to attain endorsement in order to obtain an Illinois CSBO endorsement. For more information on the this test, please visit the Illinois Licensure Testing System website

Application Options

The application is based on the candidate’s existing degree. Please select the relevant application status below for more information. 

  • Candidates holding an MBA, Master’s in Accounting or Master’s in Finance — 18-hour program
  • Candidates with a Master of Education degree — 24-hour program
  • Candidates with an existing PhD/EdD in Education — 30-hour program

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Concordia University Chicago
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