A world-class school of education in a dynamic Ivy League setting, Penn GSE is a national leader in education research and preparing talented educators. With 40 tenured and tenure-track faculty and just under 1,300 students, Penn GSE is a small school with remarkable scholarly productivity and influence.


Areas of Focus

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.


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Dean Pam Grossman

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.

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37th Street at Locust Walk, 1964


A Legacy of Leadership

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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Catalyst @ Penn GSE

Catalyst @ Penn GSE is an endeavor to design innovative practices and to create and scale actionable solutions to advance opportunity for all learners. Building on Penn GSE's history of pioneering innovation and entrepreneurship in education, Catalyst combines ideas from education, technology, and business to address the pressing problems in education and shape the future of education across preK-12, higher education, and executive learning.



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Philly Impact

Penn GSE in Philadelphia

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.

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Global Influence

Penn GSE International

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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Diversity @ Penn GSE

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.


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