The School of Education

The School of Education seeks to enrich knowledge and practice related to lifespan learning, based on the most current and appropriate research and practice. The School's goal is to improve human understanding through programs and activities that emphasize creative uses of human effort, technology, leadership, and problem solving.

The school offers an extensive and comprehensive array of diverse graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs that encompass all aspects of the educational field. Students graduate from Drexel prepared for successful careers in a variety of non-traditional fields of education through master's degree programs such as Applied Behavior Analysis, Creativity and Innovation, Educational Administration, Education Improvement and Transformation, Global and International Education, Higher Education, Learning Technologies, Mathematics Learning and Teaching, and Sport Coaching Leadership . 

The School also offers Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved programs to certify students who already hold bachelor’s degrees to be teachers in elementary education (grades PreK-4 with an emphasis on STEM subjects), secondary education (in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, English, general science, mathematics, physics or social studies), and K-12 (instructional technology specialist). Special education, teaching English as a second language, reading specialist, Wilson Language® Level 1, principal and superintendent certifications are also available. Individuals who complete the minimum requirements receive a PA Instructional I teaching certificate and have the option to continue coursework to fulfill requirements in the graduate Science of Instruction or teaching learning and curriculum (initial certification track) master’s degree programs.

Other master’s degree programs are also available to those who already have teacher certification and/or do not wish to obtain a teaching certificate. Students who would like to pursue the teaching English as a second language, reading specialist special education, principal or superintendent certification must already have Pennsylvania Instructional I certification, satisfactory professional school experience on a state-issued certificate appropriate for the assignment, or appropriate equivalent.

Resources for Students

Th School of Education provides a variety of resources designed to help students achieve optimal success in their area of study.  Each distinct entity provides programming, services and, resources designed to creatively meet student's individual needs.

The Field Placement Office (FPO) within the School of Education is responsible for accepting and evaluating placement requests for all stages of clinical experiences within the Teacher Education Program. The FPO works with university partnering schools and school districts to coordinate appropriate and carefully matched placements ensuring that students are exposed to a variety of cultures, economic backgrounds, and diverse settings.

The Early Career Practitioner Institute (ECPI) is designed to provide ongoing professional development and classroom-based support to Drexel Teacher Certification candidates for a period of two years after they complete their certification program. This support initiative was constructed as a commitment to our graduates, and is provided at no additional cost to the alumni.

Early Childhood Education teachers can earn a significant discount on tuition through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Pennsylvania Scholarship. Drexel University School of Education is a proud partner of T.E.A.C.H. to help students earn preK-4 teacher certification through our Bachelors of Education, Post-Bachelors Teaching Certificate and MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum.

The Torrance Center for Creative Studies was established as an outgrowth of the research of E. Paul Torrance, internationally renowned authority on creativity. The Center’s primary purpose is the identification and nurturance of creative potential. For more information, please call Dr. Fredricka Reisman at 215.895.6771 or email freddie@drexel.edu.

The School of Education's Global Education Colloquium series allows all School of Education Students, including those in the MS in Global and International Education, the opportunity to hear research presentations from world-renowned scholars in the field of Global Education. The topics presented are the result of research spanning the full range of learning, teaching and training topics including international studies, higher education, peace education, social justice, inequality, politics of knowledge, policy, leadership and organizational change.

The Critical Conversations in Urban Education Lecture Series is the School of Education's vehicle for critical dialogue and continuing education on issues important to the education of youth in urban settings, including Philadelphia. The series seeks to connect the academic and broader communities together for collaboration, understanding, and support that empower urban schools, educators, families, and students.

Students in Drexel University's School of Education EdD and PhD programs have the opportunity to present preliminary research for their dissertation at our monthly Doctoral Student Colloquiums. Each month, one Drexel University School of Education PhD student and one EdD student present their research before an audience of Drexel students, faculty and professional staff. Students also submit a research brief that is included in a journal created by the School of Education.

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