Penn GSE's programs and faculty are organized into five academic divisions.

Educational Linguistics

Betsy R. Rymes

A pioneer in the field, the Educational Linguistics (ELX) division is home to one of the first educational linguistics programs in the world—and today is one of only two such programs in the Ivy League. The division has an international reputation of excellence for an interdisciplinary focus on language learning and teaching as well as the role of language in learning and teaching.

Literacy, Culture, and International Education

Sigal Ben-Porath

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.

Policy, Organizations, Leadership, and Systems

Michael A. Gottfried

United in a mission to improve society through education, the ten degree programs in the Policy, Organizations, Leadership, and Systems Division offer students advanced training in policy analysis, organizational change, and educational leadership, with a focus on how education interacts with larger economic, social, and political systems. Whether you’re beginning or advancing your career as an academic researcher, policy maker, higher education administrator, or school leader, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to take your next professional step—and to develop strategies to ensure better outcomes for students and schools and stronger policies for society.

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Janine Remillard

Preparing teachers, educational leaders, and researchers, our Teaching, Learning, and Leadership 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.