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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.
Pam Grossman joined Penn as the Dean of the Graduate School of Education in January 2015. A distinguished scholar, she came to Penn from Stanford University’s School of Education, where she was the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education.
37th Street at Locust Walk, 1964
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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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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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.Read More About Our Work in Philadelphia
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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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.