Research in the College of Education

Information about research activities in the Penn State College of Education.
The College of Education administers approximately $19 million in annual expenditures for externally funded research, instruction, and outreach projects. These projects result from proposals submitted to external funding agencies and foundations by faculty, staff, and graduate students.


Recent Faculty Research:

Morgan named Distinguished Researcher Award recipient

Paul L. Morgan, associate professor of education and director of the Educational Risk Initiative, was honored recently with a 2015 Distinguished Researcher Award. The award, presented by the Special Education Research Special Interest Group (SER SIG) of the American Educational Research Association, recognizes a researcher for his or her significant contribution to special education research.

College of Education professor receives $150,000 grant

Paul L. Morgan, associate professor of education and director of the Educational Risk Initiative, has been selected as one of six inaugural recipients of the Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant. The $150,000 award will support Morgan as he acquires new substantive knowledge, theoretical perspectives and methodological tools, particularly in regards to understanding racial/ethnic disparities in disability identification and treatment.   

Study identifies children at risk for persistent mathematics difficulties

A recent study published in the Journal of Learning Disabilitiessuggests early screening and intervention may prevent persistent math difficulties (PMD) for at-risk children. The study identifies at-risk children as being those as young as 2 years old from low socioeconomic status (SES) households; with cognitive and behavioral issues; and with vocabulary and reading difficulties.


Focused Research Reports

Report on Evidence-Based Teacher Preparation

Report on Early Childhood Studies

Report on Education and the Workforce

Report on Literacy Education

Report on Strengthening the Research Base of Education Policy

Report on Technology and its Application to Teaching and Learning

Report on the Status of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education in the United States



Cross-Cutting Research Initiatives

College of Education faculty are pursuing a number of initiatives that cut across the traditional disciplinary boundaries of the University.