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Penn State Education College: Graduate Students for Teaching

November 25, 2013 by

Located in the center of the state of Pennsylvania, Penn State Education College offers graduate classes for students who want to be a part of the future of education. Penn State excels in its mission for excellence in teaching, research and public services.File:Penn state old main summer.jpg

Facts and Stats

  • Penn State’s College of Education has 563 full-time students enrolled and 575 part-time students.
  • The school was originally a high school named Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania until land and monetary donations were made to transition it to a state college.
  • Tuition to attend the Education College is $17, 670, which is much lower than other schools in its league.
  • Overall GRE scores average at 1100 on the old scale for entry into the program, and students who enter into the graduate school average a GPA of 3.5.

Student and Campus Culture

The field of study for education is open to several types of students, from those interested in arts to those who want to teach science. For this reason, Penn State’s Education College has diversity in its student body. The University strives to make advances in overall culture and public education, so curriculum and staff take a traditional and interactive approach to learning. Penn State keeps record of how its education and curriculum have helped change the world.

Student Perspective

All first-year students are required to complete Penn State’s “First-Year Engagement Program.” This program helps students acclimated to the campus and its environment. Penn State is a school that loves sports, and it has a nationally known Blue Band, which is a 300-student marching band that supports its Lions football team. Each year Penn State has school “White Out” day where students wear all white to show their school spirit.

Climate and Location

Off-campus also has plenty of bars and restaurants. Students can enjoy Nittany Lion Inn, The Allen Street Grell, and The Tavern. For a more relaxed list of restaurants, students can choose from Corner Room, Deli Restaurant, Cracker Barrel, Garfields, Gingerbread Man and Olde New York.

Penn State Education College sits on rural country, so nature and simple style is a part of its environment. Climate goes up and down throughout the year, and the college even has a Climatologist to help students prepare for class each day. Summers are hot with winters dropping below freezing level, so prepare for snow.

Career Placement and Advancement after Graduate School

Penn State offers graduate assistance for students maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must also maintain at least 12 credits per hour to participate in graduate career opportunities. Career placement faculty will also help students who choose to extend beyond a Master’s program into a doctorate or post-doctorate program in education.

Some graduates choose to teach at the school itself, which can also be a part of research for students who want to advance their education beyond a Master’s degree. These students work with the Career’s office to be a part of outreach programs for the community.

If the future of society is of interest, Penn’s State College of Education will get the student active in community and prepare him to be a better teacher.


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