The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) is a world-class education school at what is arguably the nation’s most dynamic and engaged research university. With 40 tenured and tenure-track faculty and just under 1,300 students, Penn GSE is a relatively small school with remarkable scholarly productivity and influence. Penn GSE is a leader in education innovation and 21st century learning.


Pam Grossman headshotPam 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. At Stanford she founded and led the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching and established the Hollyhock Fellowship for early career teachers in underserved schools. Before joining Stanford, she was the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington.

Areas of Focus

Penn GSE is a national leader in education research. At an Ivy League school training the next generation of educators, Penn GSE faculty are deeply focused on the science of teaching and learning. Questions of equity, access, race, and gender are studied in all levels of education. Researchers specialize in education policy, academic innovation and education technology, urban education, language education, developmental psychology, education finance, and higher education.


Education classes were first held at the University of Pennsylvania in 1893, and a professorship in education was created two years later in 1895. The full-fledged School of Education was established in 1914, initially conferring only the Bachelor of Science in Education. Three men and three women received the School’s first B.S.E. degrees in 1915.

The School quickly embraced the necessity of research on education practices and instituted Master of Science in Education and Doctor of Education degree programs in 1931 and 1944, respectively. Since then, Penn GSE has grown to include Master of Philosophy in Education, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Education programs and officially became the Penn Graduate School of Education in 1961. The School houses many departments, centers, and initiatives. Learn more about Penn GSE's history.


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