Academic Divisions

Education Policy Division

The Education Policy program offers coursework and research training in the study of education, reform, and policy for individuals interested in careers in academic, governmental, and non-governmental research settings. Research training includes multiple methods of inquiry, covers all levels of education from pre-K through higher education, and addresses multiple levels of public interest, including local, state, national, and international.

Educational Linguistics Division

Penn GSE’s Educational Linguistics division (ELX) is a pioneer in the field. One of the first two educational linguistics programs in the world—and one of only two in the Ivy League—Penn GSE’s ELX has been home to powerhouse scholars like Dell Hymes, Nessa Wolfson, Teresa Pica, and Nancy Hornberger, giants who have shaped research and practice across the globe. Never resting on its impressive pedigree, the ELX division continues to promote excellence in its search for the next generation of researcher/educators.

Higher Education Division

The Higher Education Division (HED) provides students with a broad understanding of higher education and of the most successful practices of campus management.

Human Development & Quantitative Methods

Our HDQM programs provide students with a foundation in the core concepts of human development, school and mental health counseling, and statistical methods.

Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Programs in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division take seriously the notion that education is a deeply social, cultural, political, and moral activity. While emphasizing different aspects or manifestations of education, each program provides a critical and inter-disciplinary framework for understanding educational processes and engaging in educational practice. Our faculty and students focus on these issues through multiple lenses, examining topics in the U.S., the world beyond U.S. borders, or transnational movements that cross state boundaries.

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Preparing teachers, educational leaders, and researchers, our TLL Division programs address practice-based and theoretical problems in schools and community settings related to teaching and learning, learning sciences and technologies, curriculum, informal learning, and educational leadership.

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