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About the College

College of Education at a Glance

Student Enrollment (fall 2012)


Tenure Line (fall 2013)

Fixed Term Faculty

Student Credit Hours

U.S. News Rankings (released Spring 2013)

Grants and Contracts

Fund Raising



Facts about the College


Undergraduate Programs


  • 2,282 undergraduate students at 20 campuses, including University Park

  • 21 teacher preparation areas leading to state certification at elementary and secondary levels

  • Additional programs in Rehabilitation & Human Services, Workforce Education, and Education & Public Policy

  • Award-winning Professional Development School teacher preparation program (4 major national awards in the past 12 years)

  • 500+ student teachers placed in schools each year throughout Pennsylvania and beyond

  • Outstanding success rates on Praxis standardized tests for educators

  • Award-winning post-graduate programs to assist with induction into the world of practice

Student Scholarships

  • More than $1.78 million in College and University scholarships awarded annually to undergraduate students


Graduate Programs

  • A major center of graduate education at Penn State with 989 graduate students at all campuses and including online programs

  • 174 international graduate students from 10 countries

  • 12 fields of study leading to master's and doctoral degrees

  • Graduate fellowships and assistantships support many incoming and continuing graduate students

  • 4 master's degrees and 8 post-baccalaureate certificates available via Penn State's World Campus


Renowned Faculty

  • Faculty members serve as members of numerous private and government panels, governing boards for state and national organizations, and editorial boards for major journals—one of many criteria for national rankings

  • Editorial responsibilities for more than 30 major journals in education, including the following:

    American Journal of Distance Education
    American Journal of Education
    The Career Development Quarterly
    Comparative Education Review
    Journal of Research in Rural Education
    Journal of Teacher Education
    Learning and Instruction


Funded Research and Private Support

  • $8.8 million in externally funded grants and contracts in 2012-13

  • An endowment whose market value exceeds $37 million, part of the University's general endowment of $1.899 billion

  • Approximately 55,700 alumni


National Accreditations

  • Fully accredited by all pertinent agencies, including NCATE, APA, NASP, CORE, and CACREP
  • All of the college's professional education certification programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education


Points of Pride

The College is involved in a number of initiatives and programs that advance both education research and practice. Included here is a sample of these endeavors.



  • Center for the Study of Higher Education
    The Center engages researchers, practitioners, and policy leaders alike in examining significant issues of practice and policy confronting higher education at the campus, state, national, and international levels.
  • Krause Innovation Studio
    This new initiative focuses on research and development around innovative technology-supported pedagogy in higher education. The largest gift ever the the College—$6.5 million from Gay and Bill Krause—allows faculty to draw upon emerging technologies to transform their teaching and scholarship.
  • Adult and Family Literacy
    Both the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy provide national leadership to improve literacy education through research and its application to practice and professional development.
  • American Journal of Education
    AJE's home is the Department of Education Policy Studies. This journal is considered one of the most important sources of research papers on education. A recent survey placed AJE among 11 core academic journals with "demonstrated impact."
  • Institute for Research in Training & Development
    The Institute works with Penn State Outreach to provide research and outreach programs to support workforce training and development in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as nationally and internationally.


Academic Programs

  • Professional Development Schools
    This teacher preparation partnership with the State College Area School District has won four major national awards in the past 12 years—most recently the 2011 Spirit of Partnership Award, given by the University of South Carolina's PDS National Conference Planning Team.
  • Distance Education Programs
    Penn State's World Campus offers 12 high-quality online master's degree and certificate programs, including a graduate certificate in children's literature, to help teachers achieve their career goals.
  • Humphrey Fellowship Program
    This program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, enables midcareer educational leaders from around the world to develop leadership skills in education.
  • American Indian Leadership Program
    This program, the longest-running program of its type in the U.S., prepares American Indians/Alaskan Natives for leadership positions in educational organizations.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
    Winner of an Outstanding Credit Program Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education, this master's-level program helps caregivers prepare to work with people with autism and related disorders.
  • Joint Degree Programs in Law and Education Policy Studies
    Students work concurrently toward two degrees: a Juris Doctor degree and an advanced degree in one of four Education Policy Studies programs.



  • Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS)
    A University-wide initiative housed in the College of Education, the Center is devoted to professional development and outreach in science education in the K–12 schools of Pennsylvania and beyond.
  • LifeLink PSU
    This collaborative partnership with the State College Area School District provides an enrichment program with age-appropriate peers for special-needs students.
  • Diversity Programs for High School Students
    The Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE) is a summer residential program designed to raise the achievement and aspirations of high school students from urban areas. The Urban Teaching Collaborative Afterschool Online Tutoring Program uses technology and online communication programs to pair Penn State future teachers with elementary school children in Philadelphia.
  • Personnel Professional Development Center
    The PPDC offers career development opportunities for Pennsylvania citizens who wish to teach in occupational or technical training programs.