The Master’s Degree Program in Education Entrepreneurship is offered by the Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland. The program bridges the fields of education, entrepreneurship, design, and innovation. It focuses on a hands-on approach to supporting new innovations in education such as building education technology startups or social impact initiatives, and leading innovation in educational organizations and companies.
Participation in the program will support professionals to access opportunities and networks in the global education innovation community (pedagogical and business). The cohort is expected to be interdisciplinary and international with the program completed in a collaborative and working-life focused learning environment.
The degree is offered as a one-year, 60 ECTS credit blended learning experience (face-to-face and online) in English. In other words, it is expected that student's of this program will continue to work as professionals while completing the program.
The degree is targeted to individuals interested in moving more deeply into the global edtech industry and to gain the competencies and networks to develop education innovations within their workplaces anywhere around the world and in some cases to support their own startups. Participants are expected but limited to, being educators, school administrators, trainers, professionals from technology, media or publishing companies, or existing entrepreneurs wishing to pivot towards Edtech.
The degree program delivers content focusing on competencies that enable participants to engage in the global education (Edtech) industry and the education systems in Finland and around the world. Students will be able to:
- Identify opportunities for business and innovation through an interdisciplinary approach in the context of education and training.
- Design, test and implement an innovative product or service.
- Practice and share expertise in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams and networks.
- Build professional networks.
Program content and schedule
The study program consists of 60 ECTS credits of content. Content will be offered as 30 credits of coursework and 30 credits worth of thesis/final project work, however, the courses and project will be seamlessly integrated into one large product development cycle throughout the year. The study course content will focus on three independently run, but interconnected courses:
- Foundations of education and pedagogy (10 ECTS);
- Business principles / entrepreneurship (10 ECTS); and
- Service design and innovation management (10 ECTS).
The various content will be offered during both face-to-face sessions and in distance delivery through virtual meetings and online activities. Therefore, we expect that you can continue your professional work while completing the program.
The first course on education will offer a broad grounding in pedagogical principles, a history of education policy and structures and outline examples of current trends in education innovation. An emphasis will be made on the Finnish education system and innovations in Finland and the Nordics, however education models and practices from other jurisdictions will also be discussed.
The course on business and entrepreneurship will cover business topics relating to business models and plans, marketing, an entrepreneurial mindset and raising capital. Information will also be covered in this course on the practical establishment and operation of a startup venture or non-profit organization.
The course on service design and innovation management will focus on principles seen as supporting useful and successful innovation such as design thinking methods and an awareness of both conceptual and applied topics associated with innovation and creativity and user experience.
The project work/thesis will consist of the practical development of a project/product and associated research on the design and/or effectiveness of that project/product. For example, a program participant may develop a digital education prototype as part of his / her final project and test this prototype on their own or in another educator’s classroom.
Thesis work will then be connected with the testing of that product by collecting and analyzing data about its use and effectiveness. In most cases, thesis work will be expected to use an action research approach and be fully integrated into the product or service design; not a separate research process.
The structure of the studies will be based on a blended learning model: distance learning sessions using online and video conferencing tools, and 4 face-to-face sessions in Oulu and Helsinki (as well as the possibility for a session in London, UK). The face-to-face sessions will take place on various long weekends throughout the academic year starting with the mandatory program introduction session in Oulu with all participants on September 7-9, 2018.
Who are we looking for?
Expected applicants should be interested in either entrepreneurship (creating a new venture, product or service) or intrapreneurship (creating innovations inside your existing organizations). Participants can come from any field and work for example as educators, school administrators, corporate trainers, technologists, engineers, or artists.
Applicants can be from around the world and must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or a corresponding foreign degree as well as three (3) years of work experience after the degree (from the field associated with the previous degree or a relevant industry).
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Last updated January 20, 2018