Grant Management Concentration

B.A. in Early Childhood Education degree; with concentration in Grant Management

Kendall College’s Grant Management concentration will help the teacher candidate explore varied mechanisms at the local, state and federal level for funding educational initiatives.

Six courses in this concentration prepare students by teaching the intricacies of proposal writing, grant development and grant management. Depending on the level, teacher candidates will develop practical skills such as research, data presentation and the mechanics of proposal writing in a collaborative setting of class activities. Others will assess the strengths and weaknesses of their current organizations; develop a program design, problem statement, timeline, budget, flow chart of proposed program and an executive summary. The more advanced courses will focus on finalizing an application in response to a request for proposal (RFP), while learning to build systematic organizational processes to manage the implementation and assessment of the grants in general.

Course Requirements: 

Required Coursework for ConcentrationCredits
SOE 112 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society 4
GRA 201 Fundamentals of Grant Development 4
ACC 255 Fundamentals of Accounting 4
GRA 302 Research for Grant Development 4
GRA 305 Grant Writing 4
GRA 307 Principles of Grant Management 4

Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society
SOE 112 (4 Credits)
This course will promote the awareness of how best to instruct learners from diverse backgrounds, providing for their unique capabilities and talents. Various ways to assure their optimal learning will be included in this course by student collaborations, research, and hands on activities. The diverse students’ families and communities will also be considered within this course in order to offer them a relevant, constructive, and sustainable knowledge base that will meet or exceed Common Core Standards.

Fundamentals of Grant Development
GRA 201 (4 Credits)
Designed for novice grant-writers, this course will provide (the fundamentals) a broad overview into the mechanics of grant proposal writing through a series of practical exercises that will form the basis for their proposal draft. Students will develop skills in initiating research, identifying needs, discovering available funding sources and target audiences to support their grant application.

Fundamentals of Accounting
ACC 255 (4 Credits)
This course teaches fundamental accounting practices and concepts. Students learn how to analyze transactions, make and adjust journal entries, close books, and prepare income statements and balance sheets using General Accounting Procedures. The course also looks at how managers use financial statements and explores the principles of accounting controls.

Research for Grant Development
GRA 302 (4 Credits)
This course will allow students to obtain detailed data through further research to support the students’ grant proposal. Emphasis will be placed on assessing their organizations’ strengths and weakness (SWOT analysis), developing a program design, problem statement, timeline, and budget, developing a flow chart of proposed program (Logic Model), and an executive summary.

Grant Writing
GRA 305 (4 Credits)
This course will teach students to write an application in response to a request for proposal (RFP). Students will discern and address each of the parts of the RFP, review the proposal design, write in a technical style, prepare graphics to present data, develop narratives to support the graphics, and finalize a proposal.

Principles of Grant Management
GRA 307 (4 Credits)
This course will examine best practices for transitioning from a proposal to a funded project, building systematic management processes such as doing a task analysis for the areas to be carried out, developing procedures and timelines meeting the obligations to the funding source, building a trusting relationship with your funding source. The course will allow students to review the awarded grant as a contract and will review the compliance issues and the reporting requirements.