Preparing teachers, educational leaders, entrepreneurs, and researchers, the TLL programs address practice-based and theoretical problems in schools and community settings related to teaching and learning, learning sciences and technologies, curriculae, informal learning, and educational leadership.


Taking an interdisciplinary stance, faculty and students explore issues of teaching, learning, equity, entrepreneurship, and educational change in a range of formal and informal educational settings. 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.

Members of our community focus on areas that include teaching and learning; research and practice in teacher education; mathematics and science education; learning sciences and technologies; ongoing transformation of public and non-public educational organizations; dynamics and politics of leadership change; entrepreneurship in education; 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 education and commitment to equitable access to education across social strata.

Degree Programs

Master's Programs

Learning Sciences 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.

Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program (M.S.Ed., Elementary & Secondary Certification, Undergraduate minor)
More about this ProgramIn the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship 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, and it focuses on work 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.

Executive Format Programs

Education Entrepreneurship (M.S.Ed.)
More about this ProgramThe M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship is an accelerated four-semester program, built to provide working professionals with the skills and experiencesnecessary to conceptualize, develop, and manage effective 21st-century innovations in education. Designed at the intersection of education, business, and entrepreneurship, graduates of this unique program leave with the tools necessary to chart entrepreneurial solutions in education, including creating new schools or other education ventures in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Independent School Teaching Residency
More about this ProgramIndependent School Teaching Residency enables aspiring and early career teachers to receive a master’s degree in education while completing teaching fellowships at host partner schools. With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for the boarding or day schools’ unique settings, ISTR features intensive on-site sessions in combination with innovative and collaborative distance learning.

Project-Based Learning (Certificate)
More about this Program The Project-Based Learning Certificate program is designed for teachers who strive to create rich, meaningful, and rigorous learning experiences through student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. It is an innovative professional learning program that leverages the vast educational expertise of Penn GSE’s faculty and some of the most skilled and experienced student-centered learning practitioners from across the country.

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.


Urban Teaching Residency Program (M.S.Ed., Certification)
More about this ProgramThe Urban Teaching Residency Master’s & Certification Program is open to Teach For America corps members and educators working in schools who wish to pursue a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.). Students may choose certifications in elementary, middle year, or secondary grades, content area specializations, and an additional special education certification. The program began as a partnership of Penn GSE, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Teach for America Greater Philadelphia Region. In the 2017 expansion, the Urban Teaching Residency Program opens to support working educators beyond the TFA program.

Virtual Online Teaching Program (Certificate)
More about this Program Penn GSE’s certificate in virtual online teaching (VOLT) will develop instructors grounded in educational theory who are expert in their content areas and also adept at harnessing technology to design and implement curricula. Instructors will be prepared to teach in online and blended environments. VOLT is intended as a complement to traditional teacher-education programs and is appropriate for both pre- and in-service educators teaching across the P-20 spectrum. This program will provide rich, hands-on experiences with educational technology in order to integrate this new knowledge with expertise developed in a traditional teacher education program or through classroom experience.

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


Standing Faculty

Ryan Baker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education

Carnegie Mellon University

Ed Brockenbrough, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education

University of Pennsylvania

Pam Grossman, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Education

Stanford University

Yasmin Kafai, Ed.D., Professor of Education

Harvard University

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

Stanford University

Abby Reisman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Stanford University

Janine Remillard, Ph.D., Professor of Education

Michigan State University

Jonathan Supovitz, Ed.D., Professor of Education

Harvard University

Susan Yoon, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Division Chair

University of Toronto




Additional Program Faculty and Post-Docs

Veronica E. Aplenc, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor

University of Pennsylvania

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

University of Pennsylvania

Nicole Mittenfelner Carl, Ed.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Pennsylvania

Caroline Brayer Ebby, Ph.D., Lecturer

University of Pennsylvania

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

University of Pennsylvania

Kate Kinney Grossman, M.A. Instructor

Teachers College, Columbia University

Zachary Herrmann, Ed.L.D., Director, Lecturer

Harvard University

Michael Johanek, Ed.D., Senior Fellow

Columbia University

Sarah Schneider Kavanagh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education,

University of Washington

Debora Lui, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Pennsylvania

Eleni Miltsakaki, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor

University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Peter, Ed.D., Instructor

University of Pennsylvania

Sharon Ravitch, Ph.D., Professor of Practice

University of Pennsylvania

Davinah Sharnese Smith, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Temple 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 [now UTAP] [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.

Recent Ed.D. and Ph.D. graduates have obtained positions such as:

  • Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and Innovation at NYU's Stern School of Business (Scott Stimpfel, Ed.D., Educational Leadership)
  • Assistant Professor, College of Education, Rowan University (Kathryn McGinn, Ph.D., Teaching, Learning and Curriculum)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Education and Counseling, Villanova University (Christa Bialka, Ed.D., Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education)

Recent M.S.Ed. graduates have obtained positions such as:

  • Digital Marketing/Web Coordinator, National MS Society (Alison Perch, M.S.Ed., Learning Sciences and Technologies)
  • Lead teacher, 5th grade English Language Arts KIPP Austin Vista (Parinaz Manteghi, M.S.Ed., Teaching, Learning and Leadership)
  • Coordinator for Teacher Effectiveness Strategy, Office of Human Capital, Washington DC Public Schools, Washington DC (Gillian Page, ’13)


Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Maureen Cotterill
Program Manager
(215) 898-7364

Ed Entrepreneurship

Ayoung Lee
Program Manager
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Chris Pupik-Dean
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PBL (Certificate)

Zachary Herrmann
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School Leadership

Earl Ball
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Priscilla Dawson
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LST M.S.Ed., TLL M.S.Ed.

Veronica E. Aplenc, Ph.D.
Program Manager/Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Jacey Hallock
Program Assistant
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Ed Leadership Ed.D, TLTE Ed.D, Ph.D.

Veronica E. Aplenc, Ph.D.
Program Manager/Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Sharon Lipscomb
Program Assistant
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Claudia Candido

Program Coordinator

(215) 764-4857


VOLT (Certificate)

Betty Chandy


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