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How to Write a Program Proposal

by Erin Moseley, Demand Media

    A program is any plan of activity established to accomplish a specific purpose or set of tasks. University or certification programs often include classroom theory coursework and may include practical laboratory sections or fieldwork, as well. A program proposal is a written expression of intent and appeal to commence an educational project, usually of substantial duration and scope. To write a program proposal, you'll first need to discover and meet the specific criteria from the educational establishment where the program is set to operate. Facts along with intangible qualities that show passion for your work should be included.

    Step 1

    Research educational institutions and government and private foundations to check for calls for proposals. Get information about proposal deadlines and specific qualifying criteria. Arm yourself with facts about the faculty, existing courses and certifications that the schools offer. Alternatively, establish contact with educational institutions where you would like to see your program hosted. Find out whether they accept the type of program you want to propose.

    Step 2

    Organize your program information. Outline program objectives and spell out how they could fill a gap or provide a better or alternate avenue of learning for your subject matter. Highlight the main aspects that embody the program. List key concepts or experiments that will be covered. Use templates and examples from similar successful program proposals and modify them to meet your plans.

    Step 3

    Write an introductory paragraph to briefly describe the program, who it's intended for and why it is so important.

    Step 4

    Expand on the stated program initiatives. Give relevant educational descriptors to help scrutinizers understand the purpose and content of the plan. Summarize what is unique about the program. Briefly describe any conceptual models, new theories you want to prove or old ones you want to refute. Tell about experiments you plan to introduce. List the course outline.

    Step 5

    Provide supporting documents and credentials such as budgets and curricula vitae for all proposal writers. Be sure to list other successful program proposals written by you and your colleagues.

    Step 6

    Complete any required form to supplement the proposal process. Submit your program proposal before the deadline.

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    About the Author

    Erin Moseley is an advocate for science education. Since 1985, she has written numerous technical, user and training manuals for major corporations, public agencies and universities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in geology.

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