M.S.Ed. in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Part of the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Focused primarily on K-12 populations, the M.S.Ed. in TLL is designed for individuals who wish to work in educational and leadership capacities both in and outside of formal classroom settings. Students choose one of two areas of specialization: Teaching and Learning, or Educational Leadership.


Fast Facts


  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree
  • Entry Terms: Fall only
  • Course Requirements: 10 courses (4 required, 2 concentration, 3 elective, 1 distributional)
  • Typical Course Load: Fall: 3.0 or 4.0; Spring: 3.0 or 4.0; Summer or Fall: 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0
  • Culminating Experience: Master’s Paper


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Student Experience

With small student cohorts that emphasize collaborative learning, the TLL program provides students with the opportunity to tailor their studies to their interests. The program is designed so that students graduate with the ability to work in an informed way in both formal and informal educational settings. Recent graduates from our program have gone on to find employment in after-school programs, museum settings, and educational non-profits.

As degree programs in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division are student-driven, TLL students work closely with their academic advisor to tailor their particular program of study to their interests. The M.S.Ed. degree in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership requires completion of 10 course units of approved graduate-level work, an internship, and a final Master's Paper. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis.


Internship Program

Coursework is just one facet of the graduate experience in the TLL M.S.Ed. Program. Our two-semester Internship Program gives students an in-depth understanding of how learning occurs in out-of-school environments, such as The Franklin Institute science museum, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Over the course of the academic year, students work at their internship site and, in parallel, are enrolled in a seminar that addresses informal learning, site-specific topics, and reflexive practice.


Our faculty study teaching, learning, curriculum, and leadership in a variety of contexts. These range from formal educational settings – such as classrooms – to out-of-school environments and international sites. With grant-funded projects, as well as ties to Philadelphia schools and institutions, the faculty offer students direct access to nationally significant research work on education. Their work connects closely to GSE’s broader focus on equitable access to education across social strata.

Program of Study

4 Required Core Courses:

  • EDUC 616 Foundations of Teaching and Learning (fall)
  • EDUC 668 Master's Paper Seminar (fall and spring)
  • 1 research methods course (EDUC 667 or EDUC 682) (fall, spring, or summer)
  • EDUC 696 Informal Learning Internship Seminar (fall and spring)


2 Concentration Courses:

  • EDUC 544 School and Society in America
  • 1 course, chosen in consultation with the advisor, in Teaching/Learning or in Educational Leadership

3 Elective Courses:

  • 3 elective courses that contribute substantive knowledge

1 Distributional Course:

  • Any course in GSE outside the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Requirements for Completion/Milestone:s

IM.S.Ed. students must successfully write a Master's Paper on a core content area in LST and complete the Internship Program. Students are supported in their Master’s Paper work in EDUC 668, Master's Paper Seminar, in the fall semester and the guidance of the EDUC 668 instructional team in the spring semester.


All GSE students are required to be continuously enrolled in GSE from matriculation to graduation, unless they are approved for a Leave of Absence through the appropriate channels. M.S.Ed. students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to graduate. Students must complete the online graduation form in the semester in which they plan to graduate.


Program Faculty

Veronica Aplenc, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Ryan Baker, Ph.D.

Carnegie Mellon University

Ed Brockenbrough, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Michael Johanek, Ed.D.

Columbia University

Yasmin Kafai, Ed.D.

Harvard University

Nancy Peter, Ed.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Rand Quinn, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Sharon Ravitch, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Abby Reisman, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Janine Remillard, Ph.D.

Michigan State University

Susan Yoon, Ph.D.

University of Toronto


Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Veronica E. Aplenc, Ph.D.
Program Manager/Adjunct Assistant Professor
(215) 746-2566


Jacey Hallock

LST and TLL Program Assistant

(215) 898-5690