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    Drexel University School of Education

Welcome to Drexel University School of Education

Our Mission

The School of Education develops leaders with the expertise to collaborate and solve complex problems related to transforming institutions and educating diverse populations impacted by domestic and global challenges.

Our Impact

Drexel University School of Education is committed to providing children in Philadelphia with a high-quality education. Our students are making a deep and lasting impact in schools in the city we call home.

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We share Drexel’s commitment to quality, integrity, diversity, access, stewardship, and innovation. In addition, we are guided by the following values as we pursue our mission and vision.

Diversity and Inclusion

Commitment to an SoE community that reflects and welcomes the full range of human differences and draws on the diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of this community to guide our decision-making and inform our research and teaching.


The belief that our ideas and actions—and their results—are improved by engaging those around us in collective activity, and that together we can achieve goals that no one of us could alone.

Social Justice and Equity

Our ongoing emphasis on addressing inequities of access, opportunity and resources—particularly in the education sphere but also using education as a means for achieving fair processes and just outcomes for all members of society.

Public Scholarship

TOur emphasis and encouragement of research that is widely accessible, dialogic, and a catalyst for related research

Meet the Dean of the Drexel University School of Education

Nancy Butler Songer

A Message from Dean Songer

The landscape in the American education system is constantly changing. In today’s fast-paced world, our schools, educators, administrators and stakeholders must be nimble to adjust to the latest developments in education technology, changes in the learning environment, and issues outside the classroom that affect how children learn.

At the School of Education, we are at the cutting-edge of the education field due in large part to three major commitments we make to education:

  • To practice centeredness that roots everything we do in its application to daily life—confronting real problems on which we can have real impact;
  • To partnerships—among Drexel colleagues and those in our community—that focus our attention on the most critical education needs of teachers, learners and leaders and allows us to bring our exceptionally deep and diverse expertise to bear on their challenges.
  • To entrepreneurship, and more specifically, a rapid innovation cycle that enables us to quickly devise, test and improve on solutions to the urgent education problems of our communities and scale them up to meet the needs of others nationally and around the world.
  • We have developed a strategic plan that sets the stage for the development of the School of Education for years to come through three major goals:

  • To be a national Leader in Urban Education
  • To be a crucible for Pedagogical Innovation
  • To be an innovator in lifelong and life-wide learning
  • With an eye to the future, we believe that the School of Education at Drexel University will be known as the premier practiced-based, community and civically-engaged, research driven institution that produces leaders who affect change in the classroom, in education administration, and in research and policy, with a reach that is local, national and global.

    I encourage you to explore our website and see all of the valuable opportunities we offer our students and our unwavering commitment to education.

Strategic Plan

We believe the Drexel SoE can be known as the premier practice-based, community and civically-engaged, research driven institution that produces leaders who affect change in the classroom, in education administration, and in research and policy, with a reach that is local, national, and global.

Learn more about our strategic plan