EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM


Education. Business. Entrepreneurship.

Overview

The Education Entrepreneurship program provides students with the unique skills necessary to conceptualize, develop and manage 21st century educational innovations. Designed at the intersection of education, business, and entrepreneurship, the program combines rigorous academic study and practical coursework, giving students critical tools to chart entrepreneurial solutions in education.

To accommodate full-time working professionals from diverse geographic locations, the program uses an executive-style, nontraditional on-campus schedule and distance education.

  • Nine on-site sessions at the University of Pennsylvania: six extended weekends across the fall and spring semesters, as well as week-long summer programs. View the current program calendar here.
  • Synchronous and asynchronous online work between sessions.
  • Capstone Project: creating new schools and programs, building ed tech ventures, redesigning education services and systems, and leading innovation and reform efforts in educational organizations and corporations.

Graduates of the program leave with a more robust entrepreneurial mindset, concrete business and education tools, and skills to launch new ventures in their chosen area of interest.

 

Courses & Domains

Students complete coursework in three domains: The Foundations of Education, Business Essentials, and The Entrepreneurial Management of Knowledge. 

  1. The Foundations of Education domain makes students know about the connections between policy and pedagogy, as well as the history, structure and goals of education. Read more

    Students learn education systems, theories, and policies, as well as the history of how these systems and policies evolved. Students also learn about the history, theory, and application of various pedagogies and modes of school organization, as well as how they effect and are affected by government policy and public pressures. Students study the changing landscape of delivery systems in public education. The program includes 3 education courses.

  2. The Business Essentials domain focuses on marketing, finance, and operations as they pertain to venture creation – both generally, and to schools and organizations in particular. Read more

    Students learn about the financial, operational, legal, and marketing aspects of starting and running a business. This domain provides students with core business skills and experiences that they can use to become entrepreneurs in education and to navigate the business aspects of school creation and administration. The program includes three core business courses.

  3. The Entrepreneurial Management of Knowledge domain provides students with an understanding of how to move research into practice, and manage areas such as technology strategy, intellectual property, communications, and evaluation. The combination and integration of all three areas offers students a comprehensive perspective on innovative ventures in education and positions them to create or join such ventures. Read more

    Students learn about how entrepreneurs can influence the creation, advancement, and successful exploitation of knowledge. How are entrepreneurial insights achieved and developed? How is technology profitably managed, and how are intellectual property rights protected? How do entrepreneurs learn about potential customer segments and meet potential customer needs? How can academic research be effectively connected to practice to improve the viability and impact of products and services? The program includes three entrepreneurship courses.

  

Logistics

Tuition covers hotel accommodations, meals, and coursebooks.

For the eight on-campus sessions, the program arranges and pays for housing at the local Sheraton University City Hotel or Study Hotel. Students are assigned one roommate from the cohort for the entire year, but can opt for a single room at an additional cost if desired. All meals during on-campus class sessions are provided by the program.  

Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from campus.