If you’re passionate about education, you might be thinking about founding your own school or educational institution, or you may be wondering about the initial construction process or ongoing management requirements. These are all pertinent concerns when you’re getting ready to tackle the task of building or managing a school, particularly if you’re going to be establishing a physical location that is accredited and recognized by the necessary authorities and school boards. Whether you’re a teacher with some experience in academic work or just the average person curious about school management and construction, the following steps should point you in the right direction:
1. Obtaining a Relevant Degree and/or Licensing
The process of constructing a school from start to finish requires the assistance of a long list of professionals, including civil engineers, architects, and contracting companies. The degree you choose to pursue should depend on which area of school founding you’re interested in. For example, if you were interested in the design of schools and other types of infrastructure, you might look into an online civil engineering program at an institution like Norwich University. An online-masters in civil engineering would teach you how to design components and systems that are used in structures like hospitals, schools, libraries, and government buildings.
2. Understand What’s Involved
There are numerous steps involved in starting and managing a school, including developing a curriculum and having it approved by the school board, securing a location and having it approved as well, and of course hiring the right teaching staff. Once the school is up and running there will be plenty of ongoing management duties to keep up with, including but not limited to the following:
- stocking and keeping track of books and other equipment
- creating employee and student schedules
- supervising progress and activities – classroom management
- hiring janitorial staff
- staying up to date on mandated testing and other state educational requirements
- managing the school’s computing and networking needs and handling student management — which is where sERP comes into play.
Aside from the above, you’ll probably encounter a few unexpected challenges along the way, which is okay because as you’re establishing a learning institution you may have to do some learning of your own.
3. Apply for a Variety of Job Positions
Finally, once you’ve decided on an area of study and you’re ready to start contributing to the advancement of academia, the final step is to either find your own school or start applying for jobs related to school construction and management. Of course, the kind of jobs you’ll be able to apply for will depend on which degree you chose to pursue in step 1 of this overview.
Gain Experience in the Field to Widen Horizons
Once you’ve landed your first job or founded your first school it will be easier to get hired at other schools or build your second school from the ground up. The initial learning curve is what makes it challenging, but that’s also what makes it fulfilling. When you finally are able to look at a school and say that you took part in its construction or are actively participating in its management, you’ll be glad you followed through with your original intentions.