Graduate School of Education

Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) is one of the nation’s premier “research ed schools.” Led by Dean Andy Porter, the school has long been known for excellence in qualitative research, language and literacy studies, practitioner inquiry and teacher education. Over the last 15 years, GSE has also developed remarkable strengths in quantitative research, policy studies, evaluation, higher education, and psychology and human development.

GSE building

Scott Spitzer

In this edition of By The Numbers, we say, “Yes!” to education with GSE.


Number of students exploring more than 30 areas of specialization at GSE. 


Minimum course units required for the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs, which emphasize the interrelationships and integration of theory, research and practice.


Amount of a grant recently awarded to GSE professor Marybeth Gasman, which will be used to study “models of success” that help students at minority-serving institutions graduate.


Number of states, plus Washington, D.C., represented among GSE students admitted in the fall of 2010. Thirty percent are students of color. Twenty-six percent are male.


Age of the youngest Ph.D. student admitted in the fall of 2010. The youngest Ed.D. student is 23.


Number of graduates in the Penn GSE Education Alumni Association, providing opportunities for networking, continued advancement and professional growth.


Percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to black men nationwide in 2008. GSE launched the Grad Prep Academy in 2008 to prepare promising black male scholars for admission to Ph.D. education programs.

Originally published on May 19, 2011