University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
|Type||Private research university|
|Campus||Urban, 269 acres (1.1 km²)|
|Colors||Red and blue|
|Affiliations||Ivy League, AERA, AAU, COFHE|
The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, commonly known as Penn GSE, is one of the leading educational research schools in the United States. Formally established as a school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1914, Penn GSE has historically had research strengths in teaching and learning, the cultural contexts of education, language education, quantitative research methods, and practitioner inquiry. Pam Grossman is the current dean of Penn GSE (2015–present); she succeeded Andrew C. Porter (2007-2014).
From its earliest days, the University of Pennsylvania has prepared teachers to lead the schools of the country. This was a primary purpose of Benjamin Franklin's Public Academy of Philadelphia, and it has continued to influence the work of the University throughout its history. Education classes were first held at Penn in 1893, and a professorship in education was created two years later in 1895. The full-fledged school of education was established as a separate school within the university in 1914, initially conferring only Bachelor of Science in Education degrees. The school of education conferred its first Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in 1915 on three men and three women. The school quickly embraced the necessity of research on education practices, and instituted Master of Science in Education and Doctor of Education degree programs in 1930 and 1943, respectively. Since then, Penn GSE has grown to include Master of Philosophy in Education, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Education programs and house several departments, centers, and initiatives.
Current research and practice
Urban education is one of Penn GSE's central research interests. GSE partners with several schools in its West Philadelphia neighborhood, including the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Penn Partnership School and other Penn Partnership Schools. They also engage in professional development for local educators as well as in applied research, developing programs like KIDS and EPIC.
In 2001, Penn GSE launched a series of executive degree programs for education professionals and entrepreneurial activities that serve non-traditional students. These program include the Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education Management, the Mid-Career Doctorate in Educational Leadership, the GSE/Teach for America Urban Education program, the Executive Master's in School and Mental Health Counseling, the Executive Program in Work-Based Learning, and the many activities of the Penn Center for Educational Leadership. In 2010, Penn GSE launched the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, a competition that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation in education.
Penn GSE also works internationally, engaging in multinational research projects, partnerships, study abroad programs, and consulting projects.
Research centers and initiatives
- Center for Collaborative Research and Practice in Teacher Education
- Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy (CRESP)
- Center for School Study Councils
- Center for Urban Ethnography
- Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
- National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF)
- National Center on Adult Literacy / International Literacy Institute
- Penn Center for Educational Leadership (PCEL)
- Penn Child Research Center
- Penn Literacy Network (PLN)
- The Penn Project for Civic Engagement (PPCE)
- Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-Based Research in Education (PIMFER)
- The 21st Century Center for Cognition and Science Instruction
Degrees and programs
Master's degree programs
- Counseling and Mental Health Services, M.S.Ed.
- Education, Culture, and Society, M.S.Ed.
- Education Policy, M.S.Ed.
- Higher Education, M.S.Ed.
- Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, M.S.Ed.
- Intercultural Communication, M.S.Ed.
- International Educational Development, M.S.Ed.
- Language and Literacy, M.S.Ed.
- Learning Sciences and Technologies, M.S.Ed.
- Policy Research, Evaluation, and Management, M.Phil.Ed.
- Policy Research, Evaluation, and Management, M.S.
- Professional Counseling, M.Phil.Ed
- Professional School Counseling (Executive Master’s), M.S.Ed.
- Reading/Writing/Literacy (Reading Specialist Certification), M.S.Ed.
- School Leadership, M.S.Ed.
- Teacher Education, M.S.Ed.
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.S.Ed.
- Teach for America (TFA) Urban Teacher, M.S.Ed.
Doctoral degree programs
- Education, Culture, and Society, Ph.D.
- Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
- Educational Leadership (Mid-Career Doctorate), Ed.D.
- Educational Linguistics, Ph.D.
- Education Policy, Ph.D.
- Higher Education, Ed.D.
- Higher Education (Executive Doctorate), Ed.D.
- Higher Education, Ph.D.
- Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, Ph.D.
- Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement, Ph.D.
- Reading/Writing/Literacy, Ed.D.
- Reading/Writing/Literacy, Ph.D.
- Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, Ed.D.
- Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, Ph.D.
- Work-Based Learning Leadership (Executive Doctorate), Ed.D.
Notable faculty and staff
- Robert Boruch
- John Fantuzzo
- Joni Finney
- Marybeth Gasman
- Nancy Hornberger
- Richard Ingersoll
- Yasmin Kafai
- Andrew Porter
- Howard Stevenson
- Stanton Wortham
- Robert Zemsky
- Official website
- @ Penn GSE: A Review of Research
- Penn GSE in the Penn Archives
- PennGSE on iTunesU
- Penn GSE on YouTube
- University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education on Twitter
- Penn GSE on Facebook