Chief School Business Official (CSBO) Endorsements


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Concordia University Chicago provides multiple pathways to obtaining an Illinois Chief School Business Official endorsement. This page is only for candidates who already have a graduate degree. (If you do not have a graduate degree, please click here to be directed to the appropriate program in the College of Business.)

Choose your application status based on your existing degree:

Endorsement Program Start Dates

Candidates may start any of the endorsement programs at the start of the fall, spring or summer terms.

Learning Objectives

By pursuing a CSBO, you will gain a solid foundation in school business administration. You will acquire skills in budgeting, facilities management, human resources, public relations, and legal issues that are required to be a successful administrator. Included in the curriculum are six hours of clinical experience as required by the State of Illinois to be eligible for the CSBO endorsement.

Proficiency Exam Requirements for CSBO

In order to obtain a CSBO endorsement students will be required to show evidence that they have taken and passed both the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and the CSBO content test #185.

Career Possibilities

  • Chief financial officer
  • Human resource director
  • Chief operations officer
  • School administrator
  • Superintendent 
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