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About the College

College of Education at a Glance

Student Enrollment (fall 2012)coe sign1.JPG

Undergraduate (all locations) 2,282
Graduate (including World Campus) 989


Tenure Line (fall 2013)

Department of Curriculum & Instruction 32
Department of Education Policy Studies 24
Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education 37
Department of Learning and Performance Systems 15
Total Tenure Line Faculty (fall 2013) 108

Fixed Term Faculty

Fixed-Term Faculty on General Funds 48
Fixed-Term Faculty on Restricted Funds 34
Total Fixed-Term (full-time) 82

Student Credit Hours

Resident 52,702
World Campus (online) 6,735
Total Credit Hours (Resident and World Campus) 59,437

U.S. News Rankings (released Spring 2013)

Overall College 28th
Curriculum and Instruction 16th
Elementary Education 12th
Secondary Education 13th
Education Policy 11th
Educational Leadership 6th
Educational Psychology 10th
Higher Education 4th
Rehabilitation Counseling 4th
Student Counseling 9th
Workforce Education 2nd

Grants and Contracts


College Administered (2012-13) $8.8 million

Fund Raising

Number of Endowments 247
College Endowment Market Value $37.8 million
For the Future Campaign Commitments as of 10/31/13 $31.0 million



Facts about the College

Undergraduate Programs

  • 2,143 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 13 years)
  • 347 student teachers placed in schools in 2013 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 $1.89 million in College and University scholarships awarded annually to undergraduate students

Graduate Programs

  • 860 graduate students at all campuses, including online programs

  • 197 international graduate students from 35 countries

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

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

  • 5 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

  • 19 Fulbrights in the past 7 years.

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

    American Journal of Education
    Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    The Career Development Quarterly
    Journal of Research in Rural Education
    Journal of Teacher Education

Funded Research and Private Support

  • $8 million in externally funded grants and contracts in 2012-13Alumni seated in a classrooom

  • An endowment whose market value exceeds $41.2 million, part of the University's general endowment of $2.120 billion

  • Approximately 56,000 alumni


    National Accreditations

    • Fully accredited by all pertinent agencies, including NCATE/CAEP, 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 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 Panoramic view of Krause Innovation Studio around innovative technology-supported pedagogy in higher education. The largest gift ever given to 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
      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 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, nationally, and internationally.


    Academic Programs

    • Professional Development SchoolsStudents seated with laptops and instructor teaching from a seated position  in CI 495 F Math Manipulation workshop
      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 ProgramGroup picture of AILP students
      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
      This master's-level program helps caregivers prepare to work with people with autism and related disorders. The program won an Outstanding Credit Program Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.
    • 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)
        This University-wide initiative housed in the College of Education is devoted to professional development and outreach in science education in the K–12 schools of Pennsylvania and beyond.
      • LifeLink PSUJamie Glass poses with two LifeLink PSU students.
        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.