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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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Drexel University's Main Building Grand Hall






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 Interim Dean of the Drexel University School of Education

Penny Hammrich - Drexel University Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management

A Message from Interim Dean Penny Hammrich, PhD

Welcome to Drexel University’s School of Education. As you browse our site, I hope you will see the many strong commitments we make to education both within our University community, and to the many communities we serve in Philadelphia and beyond.
At the School of Education, we place a major emphasis on experiential learning. Through our world renowned co-op program and our robust Field Placement Office, students obtain more hours of experience working in their field, than any other school in the region. We also provide post-program support for graduates at no extra cost.
We view ourselves as the Intellectual Center of Pedagogical Innovation. Our well-experienced and accomplished faculty members use the latest technology and research on best practices in education to prepare our students to be successful leaders in their field. You can see how we support our vision through our leading edge research initiatives, as well as original dissertation research from our doctoral students.
We know that the field of education is always changing and it is important that we as a University change with it. We are committed to creativity and innovation in all that we do and we produce graduates who are not afraid to try new ideas in the name of progress.
We are also committed to equity and access in education. Our faculty and staff use their knowledge and expertise to increase the availability of high-quality learning opportunities from pre-kindergarten through higher education. We provide programming to the public, such as the Critical Conversations in Urban Education lecture series to allow for a dialogue on pressing issues in education and how we may impact change. We also directly impact education right here in Philadelphia through our collaboration in the Promise Neighborhood Initiative.
The School of Education is also looking to the future and evolving our school in a variety of ways through our 5-year Strategic Plan. You can read the full plan at the bottom of this page, but there are new initiatives that we are planning for the future, including:
  • Center for Urban Education and Applied Research- a hub at Drexel to harness the full power of the School of Education to impact education in our city through programming and research.
  • Office of Lifelong and Lifewide Learning- Drexel’s official office to foster adult education and programs
  • Virtual Network for Research and Action in Community Schools- An online space to help growing networks of community schools.
  • Emerging Voices in Education- a student-run journal for doctoral students to publish their research in education.
  • The Teacher’s playground- A space for teachers to explore and expand ideas and new teaching practices.
  • Alumni Cultivation and Outreach- Expanding our efforts to serve Drexel School of Education’s growing network of successful alumni
Thank you for visiting our site and please feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about our school.

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