How important is program management for education? Also, what are the following takeaways in implementing program management?
What is a Program?
A program is a set of related projects managed as one entity. It is to achieve common goals and objectives or missions in support of an organization’s strategic initiatives or business plan.
A project management office (PMO) will handle programs when there are many projects. Especially if it is involved in support of strategic initiatives or business plans. So it needs management standards across multiple projects or projects with similar requirements on their management processes. So they will achieve organizational goals.
What Is Program Management For Education?
Program management is a group of functions that manages the program. The program is usually a set of activities, products, and services linked together by a theme or goal.
In education, program management to manage programs at all levels. Higher education, it is for managing departmental programs, college programs, and university programs.
In primary and secondary, program management is for individual class programs. Also, inK-12 education, it is for teaching units and course programs.
The basic steps in program management are:
1. Determine the mission or purpose of the program.
2. Determine the goals of the program.
3. Identify stakeholders for the program.
4. Create the action plan for completing the program.
5. Define resource requirements for completing the objectives of the program.
Does this mean that we have to perform all five steps every time we want to start a new program? Not necessarily. If you are creating a new teaching unit on fractions in K-12 education, step one through three may not be needed. If you are already familiar with K-12 educational curriculum creation and you have already created similar teaching units in the past.
However, step 5 will still apply because of resources. Such as books and other media, still needs to complete your objectives- such as learning objectives.
What Are The Takeaways in Implementing Program Management Education?
1. Program management is not just for large organizations. It can applies in your department, college, or school.
2. It is for managing anything that needs to achieve a common goal or project(s) and achieve organizational goals.
3. The basic steps of program management can be applied to different levels and areas of education.
4. A program office or PMO is not needed for every school. It depends on the size of your school system and the number of programs you have.
5. Program management can be applied to different levels of education. Whether it is for K-12 education, higher education, or primary and secondary education, program management can be applied.
In this article, we discussed what program management is and how it can be used in K-12 education. We also discussed why program management is needed in K-12 education. We know that there are people out there who are currently using program management in their organizations.
All in all, if you want to create a successful teaching unit or course, you need to use these five steps. The reason is because you want your students to learn something specific from your courses or teaching units. You have to have a goal or objective in mind before you create your teaching unit- as stated in step 2 above.