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
Penn GSE offers a wide variety of degree programs in education research and practice. Students prepare to become educational leaders, aspiring to have careers in urban and international education, school leadership, education research, higher education administration, school psychology, and more. There are currently nine academic divisions at Penn GSE: Applied Psychology and Human Development; Education, Culture & Society; Education Policy; Educational Linguistics; Higher Education; Quantitative Methods; Reading/Writing/Literacy; and Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.
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 others. 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 programs have grown to include the Executive Program in Education Entrepreneurship; Executive Program in School and Mental Health Counseling; Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management; School Leadership Program (Principal Certification); Penn Chief Learning Officer Program; Medical Education Program; Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership; Penn Residency Teaching Program, and Teach for America Urban Teacher Program. 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
- Penn AHEAD (Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy)
- Center for Collaboration, Computation, Complexity, and Creativity in the Learning Sciences
- Center for Minority Serving Institutions
- Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy (CRESP)
- Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education
- The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL)
- Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
- Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE)
- National Center on Adult Literacy / International Literacy Institute
- Penn Child Research Center
- Pre-doctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-based Research in Education
- Center for Urban Ethnography
- Center for School Study Councils
- Penn Center for Educational Leadership (PCEL)
- Penn Literacy Network (PLN)
- The Penn Project for Civic Engagement (PPCE)
- 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.
- Professional Counseling, M.Phil.Ed
- Professional School Counseling (Executive Masters), 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.
- Quantitative Methods, M.Phil.Ed.
- Statistics, Measurement, Assessment, and Research Technology, M.S.Ed.
- Education Entrepreneurship, 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 Management (Executive Doctorate), Ed.D.
- Higher Education, Ph.D.
- Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, 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.
- Educational Leadership, Ed.D
- Quantitative Methods, Ph.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
- "Rankings: Best Education Programs". U.S. News & World Report. 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- "About Penn GSE". Penn GSE. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- "Graduate School of Education: A Brief History". Penn University Archives and Records Center.
- "GSE in Philadelphia". Penn GSE.
- "GSE Worldwide". Penn GSE.
- Official website
- Penn GSE Newsroom
- Penn GSE in the Penn Archives
- Penn GSE on YouTube
- Penn GSE on Facebook