The one-year M.S.Ed. program in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (TLL)
The one-year M.S.Ed. program in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership is designed for professionals 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. Recognizing that most learning occurs outside of the classroom, the program addresses informal learning environments, as well as classroom learning, curricula development, and school leadership. In this way, students gain broad professional capacities that correspond to contemporary sites of learning. Students in the TLL program personalize their courses of study under the guidance of an academic advisor to their particular interests and career goals.
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 funding, 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 urban education and commitment to equitable access to education across social strata.
An exciting piece of the program is the two-semester internship program, which the school set up in close collaboration with several institutions in the Philadelphia area. Our partners range from major science institutions to small museums; all are characterized by having dedicated staff who focus on developing informal learning programs. Sites that students will be matched with in 2013-14 include the world-renowned Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and the Philadelphia Zoo, and collaborations are under preparation with other institutions. At the start of the fall semester, students are paired with a site for their two-semester internship. Over the course of the academic year, students work at their internship site and, in parallel, enroll in the internship seminar that addresses informal learning, site-specific topics, and reflexive practice.
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.
Because the majority of classes at the Graduate School of Education carry 1 course unit, this typically translates to 10 courses. Most students take 3.5 courses a semester, with classes generally meeting once a week in the late morning, afternoon, or evening. Most students take 3.5 courses a semester, with classes generally meeting once a week in the late morning, afternoon, or evening. The majority of courses at GSE are offered in the fall and spring, while some classes are offered in the summer. Students generally complete their degrees in three semesters (fall, spring, and summer, or fall, spring and fall). All students in the TLL program conclude their studies with a Master’s Paper, prepared during the spring and/or summer semesters after completion of EDUC 668 (Master’s Paper Seminar). This paper represents a capstone academic experience in which students explore an area of interest in depth