Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education


The Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education specialization offers a unique opportunity for school and other educational organization leaders in both public and private educational environments. Students within this specialization of the Doctor of Education program will develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions as they engage in leading efforts to build new venture opportunities in varied educational organizations. Through multidisciplinary lenses, educational leaders will promote innovation in the paradigms, strategies, values and culture in school systems, social entrepreneurial ventures, and education companies. Each of the courses offers an opportunity to explore leadership theoretical frameworks, identify a Problem of Practice, and create a plan of action, through analysis and synthesis of presentations, readings, and discussion of the current state of multiple educational environments and the visions and challenges for the future.

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Dr. Stephen Pape

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Cathy Cao

“I wanted to be as close to the actual research as I could. I wanted to learn about my area of interest from the primary researcher, learn from the person who did the research and knew it first-hand.” –Jimmie Walker, who holds an EdD from the School of Education

855.613 Entrepreneurship in Education

In this course, students will examine theoretical perspectives and research related to the field of entrepreneurial leadership in education. The education sector, despite the many transformative changes in the last 20 years, remains culturally traditional. Therefore, 21st century education leaders must learn to utilize entrepreneurial thinking, a sub-discipline of management as well as organizational theory, as another tool for innovation and organizational change. Students will study theories of entrepreneurship found in business, education, and other social sciences. They will also research entrepreneurial concepts and leadership traits through the disciplines of sociology, economics, and organizational management. Specific entrepreneurial research theories and practices, such as intra-preneurship and embedding of entrepreneurial leaders into educational institutions, will also be studies as means for promoting social justice, access, and equity for all learners.

855.640 Building Strategic School, Educational Organization, and Community Partnerships
This course provides opportunities for students to engage in reflective practice as an educational or organizational leader, while building organizational and community partnerships to leverage multiple resources for addressing a specific organizational systems issue. Students are expected to 1) become familiar with pertinent theoretical literature; 2) understand the internal and external organizational environment and the pressures of those institutional relationships; 3) understand the roles and responsibilities of creating and sustaining dynamic partnerships, including acting as an informal project manager and community advisor; and 4) anticipate the challenges of navigating through politics, policy, fundraising, marketing, social networking, and possible media involvement. This course will include creating multiple strategies for communicating with internal and external stakeholders as appropriate to disseminate findings related to their Applied Dissertation topic.
855.641 Strategic Systems Change and Action Planning

Education leaders, public and private, need to understand the structures for managing the school and/or organizational environment. These structures include organizational visioning and action planning, budgeting and finance, and the leadership skills that incorporate instructional design, curriculum integration with standards, and logistics of technology implementation, professional development, and evaluation. This course is designed to introduce knowledge management concepts into an organizational or educational context and to provide an in-depth focus on data-driven decision making in organizational and educational institutions. Participants will develop an understanding of how to create and support change through a systems approach. Students will apply these novel concepts and perspectives to continued construction of the literature review to inform their Problem of Practice.

855.642 Talent Management & Organizational Finance for Entrepreneurial Leaders

This course promotes knowledge and application of best practices in the development of primary organizational resources – its talent and financial resources. Students will engage in 1) discovering best practices in the educational and/or organizational theoretical literature; 2) exploring talent management and development (TM) concepts, applications, and solutions through analysis of current case studies from the organizational and educational environments; and 3) actively learning to apply current TM theories, principles, and practices to the student’s organization by appropriately applying these perspectives as they relate to the student’s Problem of Practice. Students will also learn to identify and manage financial resources including grants, philanthropy, and program and product revenues. Students will identify the strategic challenges within talent and financial management and the application of appropriate, yet innovative, solutions to these challenges. Students will provide evidence of a deep and comprehensive understanding of how organizations could better invest in a particular aspect of talent and financial management to achieve greater educational and organizational outcomes related to their Problem of Practice and the leadership required to initiate such an effort.