Programs for Prospective Teachers

Our Ivy League teacher education programs blend the most respected education research – much of which is produced by our own faculty and students – with cutting-edge classroom practices to prepare dynamic, effective, and committed teacher-leaders for K-12 schools. Our several degree and certification programs are united by their extraordinary commitment to the preparation of teachers who are able to bring research and practice together so as to be able to use the power of teaching to deepen student learning, transform schools, and increase educational equity.

Degree Programs

More about this Program Teacher Education Program (TEP)

 

  • M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education + Pennsylvania PreK-4 Certification
  • M.S.Ed. in Middle Level Education + Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Certification
  • M.S.Ed. in Secondary Education + Pennsylvania Grades 7-12 Certification
  • Urban Education Minor

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Penn GSE has been preparing teachers in – and for—Philadelphia schools since the University of Pennsylvania first began offering education courses. Today, our vibrant 10-month program emphasizes collaborative, ethical, and visionary teacher leadership for urban education. Our students spend the summer immersed in Philadelphia neighborhoods, and in September they begin yearlong student teacher placements at public and charter schools in those same neighborhoods. TEP graduates become skillful teacher-leaders who are passionate about navigating the dynamic challenges of urban education and who are inspired to use the power of teaching to deepen student learning, transform schools, and increase educational equity.

 

Maureen Cotterill
Program Manager
(215) 898-7364
maureenc@gse.upenn.edu


Penn GSE - Teach for America Program (TFA)
More about this Program

 

  • Teaching Certification in Pennsylvania or New Jersey
  • M.S.Ed. in Urban Education
  • General Education Certification or Special Education (dual) Certification

The Penn GSE – Teach for America Program (TFA) is the only TFA-affiliated program at an Ivy League institution. Corps members commit to teach for at least two years in low-income communities across the United States. In 10 years, our TFA program has graduated over 1,000 teachers, many of whom continue to teach in the Philadelphia, Camden, and Trenton regions. Dedicated to eliminating educational inequity, the Penn GSE-TFA program provides the rigorous academic coursework and professional mentoring necessary to develop candidates into effective successful urban educators and innovative leaders. Please note that applicants must be accepted into a current cohort of the Teach for America program and placed in either the Greater Philadelphia or New Jersey region before being eligible to apply to this program.

 

Mary Del Savio
Program Director
(215) 746-4855
mary1@gse.upenn.edu


M.S.Ed. in Reading/Writing/Literacy (RWL)
More about this Program

 

  • M.S.Ed. in Reading/Writing/Literacy
  • Reading Specialist Certification

Students in the interdisciplinary Reading/Writing/Literacy Program (RWL) study literacy and language from sociopolitical, cultural, psychological, historical, linguistic, and literacy perspectives. Internships in such settings as schools and community and social service agencies allow students to work with learners across generations and cultures.

 

Penny M. Creedon
Program Manager
(215) 898-3245
pennyc@gse.upenn.edu


M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
More about this Program

 

  • M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The M.S.Ed. specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of the field. The TESOL Master’s specialization stresses understanding of the role and function of English language teaching as it relates to the political and social climate of today’s world. A strong interest in intercultural communication and in the interaction of social behavior and language form a dynamic backdrop to innovative and fundamental aspects of teacher preparation.

 

Kristina Lewis
Program Manager
(215) 898-5212
klewi@gse.upenn.edu


Penn Residency Master's in Teaching
More about this Program

 

  • M.S.Ed.

The Penn Residency Master's in Teaching Program is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Penn Graduate School of Education and a consortium of the nation’s leading boarding schools. With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for the boarding schools’ unique setting, the program provides aspiring teachers an opportunity to receive a master’s degree in education in concert with the exceptional fellowship programs offered by each school. The flexible format is also designed to accommodate the rigorous schedule of the fellows and their host schools: brief, intensive on-site sessions that will rotate between the Penn campus and the campus of each boarding school, paired with innovative and collaborative distance learning.

 

Christopher Pupik-Dean
Associated Director & Lecturer
(215) 898-9350
gse-prmt@gse.upenn.edu


Teacher Education News


Alumni


“I knew I wanted to be a public school teacher, and I knew that I would be happier in a project-based, inquiry-based environment to really engage kids. I felt that Penn could get me there, and it did.”

– Brad Latimer

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership ‘08

  • “I knew the Teacher Education Program would provide [basics in the classroom] as well as specialization in my subject areas. Penn GSE provided me with the tools, the networking, and the opportunity to enter a field I enjoy and can make a difference in. It made my professional life possible!”

    – Larissa Pahomov

    Teacher Education Program '08

  • “Immediately after graduation, I accepted the role of Coordinator of Testing and Training for International Teaching Assistants at Penn's English Language Programs. Graduating from the TESOL program made my career.”

    – Elizabeth Gillstrom

    TESOL '11

  • “I really wanted to go to Penn, to the Teacher Education Program specifically, because I knew it was one of the best. I really wanted to be inspired, and I was. I had a wonderful experience.”

    – Stella Lui Chen

    Teacher Education Program '08

  • “I knew I’d be working with city kids, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything else. Penn equipped us with the necessary content knowledge, but also with the management skills to deal with an entire classroom full of children on a day-to-day basis. It really helped foster my love for education and teaching.”

    – Christina Hunt

    Teacher Education Program '12

  • “I was able to observe other teachers teaching, and they were excellent. I’ve taken what I learned from them and implemented those things in my own classroom. Penn is a very theoretical place with a lot of research going, and it’s wonderful to learn all these ideas about practice. But my favorite part by far was the student teaching.”

    – Kristen Bryant

    Teacher Education Program '12

Contact

Teacher Education Program

Maureen Cotterill
Program Manager
(215) 898-7364
maureenc@gse.upenn.edu

Penn GSE - Teach
for America

Mary Del Savio
Program Director
(215) 746-4855
mary1@gse.upenn.edu

Reading/Writing/
Literacy

Penny M. Creedon
Program Manager
(215) 898-3245
pennyc@gse.upenn.edu

TESOL

Kristina Lewis
Program Manager
(215) 898-5212
klewi@gse.upenn.edu


PRMT

Christopher Pupik-Dean
Associate Director & lecturer
(215) 898-9350
gse-prmt@gse.upenn.edu