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Penn Graduate School of Education

The Collaboratory for Teacher Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education

Professional Learning

Do you want to get certified to teach in a new content or specialty area? Are you hoping to become a school leader, educational researcher or education policymaker?

Penn GSE and its Collaboratory for Teacher Education offer a range of opportunities for ongoing learning and educator development. For the next step in your career, we invite you to explore the options below and to visit the Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning to learn more about certificates and professional development opportunities.

How can Penn GSE further your career as an educator?


Learn as a Teacher

Add a certificate or endorsement

Special Education

The Urban Teaching Residency program offers a one-year program for current teachers to pursue the Special Education credential. The program includes five courses online and participation in the V.A.S.T. L.I.F.E program on some Saturdays.

Language Diversity

You can earn the ESL Program Specialist certificate in one year in this add-on program designed for teachers. Members of the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program who select the Language Diversity specialty will start some coursework during their initial certification/M.S.Ed. year.

Reading Specialist

If you have a passion for literacy, you can earn the Reading Specialist certificate through Penn GSE’s Reading/Writing/Literacy M.S.Ed. and Reading Specialist Certification program.

Computational Thinking

The Experiences in Applied Computational Thinking (EXACT) online certificate program helps educators learn computational thinking and computer programming while preparing them to teach these subjects.

Project-Based Learning

The Project-Based Learning Certificate program is advanced professional development that prepares teachers to engage their students in authentic intellectual inquiry, facilitate learning through projects, and develop vital student skills such as critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving.

Virtual Online Teaching

The Virtual Online Teaching (VOLT) certificate program trains instructors in best practices to reach students of all ages through virtual teaching.

Center for Professional Learning

The Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning offers a wide array of certificates and professional development opportunities for teachers and leaders.

Participate in professional development

Connect with other educators

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Become a School or District Leader

Get a Principal Certification

School Leadership Program - Principal Certification

Get an advanced degree in school leadership

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Help others learn to teach

Become a teacher education program instructor

We are always looking for great teachers and content experts to teach full courses or special workshops in our education programs. Learn more about teaching in our teacher education programs .

Become a Classroom Mentor

Classroom Mentors host one of our teacher candidates for a semester or full year. They provide one-on-one coaching, feedback, and support as our candidates take on the responsibilities of full-time teaching. Learn more about becoming a Classroom Mentor.

Get a doctorate

Penn GSE offers a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

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Conduct research in education

All of Penn GSE’s Ph.D.programs prepare you to conduct research in education. You can explore the wide range of options here.

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