A world-class school of education in a dynamic Ivy League setting, Penn GSE is a national leader in education research and preparing talented educators. With 34 tenured and tenure-track faculty and just under 1,300 students, Penn GSE is a small school with remarkable scholarly productivity and influence.

Research

Areas of Focus

Penn GSE emphasizes the interplay of theory, research, and practice in everything we do, believing that education research produces knowledge to inform practice, but also that research must be informed by the issues, needs, and concerns of practitioners. We are recognized for our strengths in research on urban education, policy, teaching and learning, the cultural contexts of education, language education, qualitative analysis, practitioner inquiry, developmental psychology, and quantitative and multimethod inquiry.

 

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Leadership

Dean Andrew C. Porter

 
“Leadership through ideas and through people – that’s what Penn GSE is all about. Educators and researchers look to Penn GSE for inspiration and ideas about how to do their work better."

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37th Street at Locust Walk, 1964

History

A Legacy of Leadership

The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education has a long history of preparing education leaders. The university offered its first education courses for in-service teachers in 1893 and created a professorship in education two years later. The School of Education was formed in 1914, initially granting only Bachelor’s degrees. The School began offering Master’s degrees in 1930 and Doctoral degrees in 1943.

 

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Philly Impact

Penn GSE in Philadelphia

Penn GSE is deeply committed to the City of Philadelphia through both research and practice. Our students, faculty, and staff are involved in hundreds of initiatives throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area, ranging from high-quality after school programs to research that sparks national conversations to the development of an acclaimed public school partnership with the School District of Philadelphia.

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Global Influence

Penn GSE International

The University of Pennsylvania nurtures global networks and encourages innovative, cross-disciplinary research to better understand and resolve to global issues. As part of this campus-wide initiative, Penn GSE students research, study, teach, and work across the globe, and over 70% of our faculty members are involved in international initiatives. From high-quality international degree programs to a stellar international student body, Penn GSE is committed to global education.

 

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Innovation

Innovation @ Penn GSE

Penn GSE is remarkably entrepreneurial, offering innovative degree programs for practicing professionals and unique partnerships with local educators. The School sponsors an annual business plan competition dedicated to education startups, and it supports the Education Design Studio, Inc., the world’s only startup incubator focused solely on education.

 

 

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Diversity

Diversity @ Penn GSE

Penn GSE is committed to fostering a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff – and to preparing students to work and lead in a diverse, interconnected world.

 

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