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What to do when computers are everywhere

Fresh from an appearance at a Nobel Prize Dialogue, Penn GSE’s Yasmin Kafai explains why we need to change how we think about digital learning.


Two women look at the painting Education Not Incarceration.
Vibrant, colorful designs from Philadelphia students in entryway reflect Penn GSE’s mission

The pieces by students at Strawberry Mansion High School, Chester A. Arthur School, and the Juvenile Justice Center adorn Penn GSE after the school’s design sprint challenge.


Penn GSE's Ebony Elizabeth Thomas says 2018 saw a leap in realistic portrayals of diverse characters in books aimed at early independent readers.

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The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education is one of the nation’s premier education schools. At Penn GSE, students and faculty enjoy an Ivy League environment that supports both practical knowledge building and high-quality research. Our alumni are recognized as some of the world’s most influential education leaders, and our distinguished professors are pioneers in their fields. 

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Academics at Penn GSE

Penn GSE offers a vibrant array of high-quality degree programs in education research and practice. Renowned for our expertise in urban education, policy research, quantitative methods, practitioner inquiry, developmental psychology, and qualitative analysis, Penn GSE provides rigorous academic training and professional mentoring to help our students become effective leaders. Graduates of our innovative and interdisciplinary programs are shaping the future of education.

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Penn GSE Admissions & Financial Aid

We invite you to join the Ivy League and earn a graduate degree from one of the best education schools in the world. When you become a student at Penn GSE, you enrich your life now – and open doors to an extraordinary future.

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Faculty & Research at Penn GSE

Our world-class faculty and researchers—the intellectual heart of our School— have a major impact on education research and practice across the globe. This small but influential faculty answer vital questions and solve pressing problems in local, national, and global education.

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Our Students

Penn GSE is a diverse and inclusive community of learners. The School’s intimate size fosters extraordinary lifelong connections among faculty, students, and staff. Hands-on experiences are a priority in our programs, and our students make real-life contributions while they study. Employers know that Penn GSE graduates are prepared for successful careers as education leaders.



A Global Community

As a Penn GSE graduate, you are part of a global community of over 16,000 transformational leaders—teachers, counselors, entrepreneurs, chief learning officers, K-12 and higher education administrators, college presidents, and more. Join us at an event, keep up to date, and stay connected to make the Penn GSE network part of your lifelong professional journey.

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Your Opportunity

Across the country and around the world, education offers the promise of knowledge, skills, growth, and something more—a vital path forward for individuals and societies. Penn GSE is at the forefront of expanding education’s reach and boosting its effectiveness. We invite you to learn how our extraordinary people and programs are creating a world of opportunity.