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 science and technologies, curriculum, informal learning, and educational leadership.


Taking an interdisciplinary stance, faculty and students explore issues of equity, social justice, and educational change in a range of formal and informal educational settings. Members of our community focus on areas that include teaching and learning; research and practice in teacher education; mathematics and science education; learning science and technologies; ongoing transformation of public and non-public educational organizations; dynamics and politics of leadership change; and instructional, organizational, public, and evidenced-based leadership.

Our faculty study teaching, learning, curriculum, and leadership in a variety of contexts, pursue robust research projects, and maintain ties to schools and institutions in Philadelphia and beyond. Their work connects closely to GSE’s broader focus on urban education and commitment to equitable access to education across social strata. Our programs attach significance to the building of knowledge from experiences as educators. Students learn not only from a rigorous program of study, but also from actively participating in a community of learners that includes practicing and prospective teachers. Our programs are designed to enable students to enjoy personalized courses of study in a small, community-oriented cohort of well-focused students.

Degree Programs

Master's Programs

Learning Science and Technologies (M.S.Ed.)
More about this ProgramThe one-year Learning Sciences and Technologies (LST) program is designed for students interested in advanced exploration of the interdisciplinary connections between the most contemporary issues in computer-based learning environments, design issues, and educational concerns. Focusing on the intersection of collaboration, creativity, complexity, and computation, the program values rigorous academic exploration that goes beyond analysis to propose contemporary solutions.

Teacher Education Program (M.S.Ed., Elementary & Secondary Certification, Undergraduate minor)
More about this ProgramIn the urban-focused Teacher Ed Program at Penn GSE, prospective teachers learn to negotiate the realities of urban contexts, bringing their content expertise and pedagogical knowledge to their teaching. Our prospective teachers leave our program inspired to use the power of teaching to deepen student learning, transform schools, and increase educational equity.

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (M.S.Ed.)
More about this ProgramThe one-year M.S.Ed. program in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (TLL) is designed for individuals who wish to work in educational and leadership capacities, both in and outside of formal classroom settings. Students choose one of two areas of specialization: Teaching and Learning, or Educational Leadership, and they primarily focus on K-12 populations. Through the program, students gain broad professional capacities that correspond to contemporary sites of learning.

School Leadership (M.S.Ed., Principal Certification)
More about this ProgramThis executive-format program develops K-12 educators’ leadership skills. An optional track prepares students for principal certification.

Education Entrepreneurship (M.S.Ed.)
More about this ProgramThe two-year M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship is aimed at working professionals, and is designed to bring together students from diverse educational backgrounds and professional experiences.

Doctoral Programs

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
More about this ProgramThe Educational Leadership Program prepares its students to become instructional leaders in public and non-public schools, state agencies, and new entrepreneurial ventures. Students gain a deep understanding of the context of American education from anthropological, historical, and sociological perspectives and about the central elements of instructional, organizational, public, and evidenced-based leadership.

Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education (Ph.D. and Ed.D.)
TL&TE Ph.D.TL&TE Ed.D.The Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education program prepares students to serve as researchers and teacher educators in universities and colleges, curriculum developers and evaluators in educational agencies, curriculum specialists in school districts and state departments of education, and instructional leaders and classroom teachers in K-12 schools. Students in this program choose to pursue a Ph.D. degree or an Ed.D. degree.

TLL News

  • Susan Yoon makes her mark on Global Learning SCiences Network

    Created in 2012, NAPLeS is part of the educational mission of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, a leading professional society for academics, professionals, and students seeking the advance the sciences and practices of learning. Dr. Susan Yoon, Associate Professor in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division (TLL), has been a seminal contributor to NAPLeS activities. 

  • Susan Yoon Elected to International Society of Learning Sciences Board

    Associate Professor Dr. Susan Yoon has been elected to a five-year term on the governing board of directors of the International Society of Learning Sciences. She has also been invited to serve as Associate Editor for the Journal of Learning Sciences, one of the two flagship journals published by ISLS.

  • Steinberg and Quinn Say the School District of Philadelphia is Doing More With Less

    A new report by Assistant Professors Matthew Steinberg and Rand Quinn found that the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) does more, per pupil, with its current resources than its closest counterparts in terms of student poverty and achievement.

  • Yasmin Kafai Explores the Virtual Playgrounds of 21st-Century Kids

    Professor Yasmin Kafai is the lead author on a new book, Connected Play: Tweens in a Virtual World, just published by MIT Press. “Playing is fundamental to kids’ development because it promotes social interaction," she says. "And connections are at the core of play in the digital playgrounds of the twenty-first century.”

  • Perspectives on Urban Education Journal Releases Special issue on Philadelphia’s Education Crisis

    As Philadelphia’s public school system faces the start of a new academic year with a crippling lack of financial resources, Penn GSE’s student-run journal Perspectives on Urban Education released a special issue that offers critical analysis, a variety of perspectives, and possible solutions.

  • Teacher Ed Program Gets an Early Start

    The incoming class of master’s students in Penn GSE’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) received a warm welcome from Dean Andy Porter at their orientation session on July 1. “You don’t know where your careers will take you,” he said, “but you can be sure that by the time you’re done, thousands of students—and their parents—will remember you for what you’ve done for them.”


Standing Faculty

Yasmin Kafai, Ed.D., Professor of Education, Division Chair

Harvard University

Rand Quinn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education

Stanford University

Janine Remillard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education

Michigan State University

Matthew Steinberg, PhD., Assistant Professor of Education

University of Chicago

Jonathan Supovitz, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education

Harvard University

Susan Yoon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education

University of Toronto

Selected Associated Faculty and Lecturers

Veronica E. Aplenc, Ph.D., Lecturer

University of Pennsylvania

Earl Ball, Ed.D., Co-Director, School Leadership Program

University of Pennsylvania

NancyLee Bergey, M.S., Instructor

University of Pennsylvania

Caroline Brayer Ebby, Ph.D., Lecturer

University of Pennsylvania

Priscilla Dawson, Ed.D., Co-Director, School Leadership Program

University of Pennsylvania

John DeFlaminis, Ph.D., Executive Director, PCEL

University of Oregon

Kate Kinney Grossman, M.A. Instructor

Teachers College, Columbia University

James Lytle, Ed.D., Practice Professor of Education and TLL Chair

Stanford University

Michael Johanek, Ed.D., Senior Fellow

Columbia University

Murat Oztok, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Sharon Ravitch, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

University of Pennsylvania

Gabriela T. Richard, Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity

Frances Rust, Ed.D., Senior Fellow

Teachers College, Columbia University

Harris Sokoloff, Ph.D. Director, Center for School Study Councils

Syracuse University

"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, M.S.Ed.


"I knew the Teacher Education Program [at Penn GSE] would provide that background as well as specialization in my subject areas. I also knew that I wanted to work in Philadelphia, so it made sense to come back and study in the city where I hoped to find employment. Penn clearly had the best and most intensive program in Philly."

Larissa Pahomov, M.S.Ed.


Where are our students now?

Our programs are designed to prepare students for research and academic careers in education, psychology, and related human services fields.


Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Aislinn Wallace
Administrative Assistant
(215) 898-5690

Veronica E. Aplenc, Ph.D.
Division Manager/Faculty Associate
(215) 746-2566