NPL/Master of Science in Education

The Graduate School of Education and School of Social Policy & Practice offer two dual degree options for students interested in positively affecting society through a dual perspective: educational influences and nonprofit endeavors.

Admission

Students apply to the NPL and MSEd in Education, Culture, & Society program or MSEd in International Educational Development program simultaneously, fulfilling the application requirements for each degree program and indicating an interest in the NPL/MSEd. Upon acceptance into NPL and ECS or NPL and IEDP, the applicant will be admitted to the dual degree program. Students may use the same letters of recommendation provided the referees address the dual degree interests.

Program Structure

SP2 and GSE are coming together to offer two dual degrees:

  • The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and the Master of Science in Education in Education, Culture, and Society, a 1.5 year, 14 CU program.
  • The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and the Master of Science in Education in International Educational Development a 1.5 year, 14 CU program.
  • SP2 and GSE will each reduce required CUs by 3 to allow for students to take 14 CUs for each dual instead of the normal 20 CUs if the degrees were earned separately.

Generally, students would be housed in GSE in year 1 and SP2 in year 2.

Master of Science in Education in Education, Culture, and Society

Required NPLD CoursesRequired EDUC Courses
NPLD Core 1EDUC547 (Anthro and Ed)
NPLD Core 2EDUC544 (School and Society)
NPLD Core 3EDUC545 (Mstrs Seminar, year-long)
NPLD Core 4EDUC682 (Qual Modes)
NPLD Elective 1EDUC Elective (Distribution)
NPLD Elective 2EDUC Elective 2
NPLD Elective 3EDUC Elective 3

Master of Science in Education in International Educational Development

Required NPLD CoursesRequired EDUC Courses
NPLD Core 1EDUC514 (Basic Ed in Dev Countries)
NPLD Core 2EDUC667 (Ed Stats)
NPLD Core 3EDUC622 (Field XP)
NPLD Core 4EDUC695 (Proseminar, year-long)
NPLD Elective 1EDUC 682 (Qual Modes)
NPLD Elective 2EDUC Elective 1
NPLD Elective 3EDUC Elective 2

Practicum

Master of Science in Education in Education, Culture, and Society

Starting in the spring semester of the first year of the dual program, the student will complete the Nonprofit Leadership Practicum. The Leadership Practicum is an integral part of the experiential learning for all NPL students, which builds upon core competencies and principles of leadership developed in the classroom. It consists of:

  • a supervised mentoring and leadership development experience with either an executive director or senior level leader at a Philly-area nonprofit organization or foundation;
  • a partnership with the goal of learning about the organization and providing student support on various levels that can include strategic planning, succession planning, branding or marketing, development and philanthropy, or other targeted projects; and
  • a commitment of 180-225 hours of practicum time with the sponsoring organization during the academic year beginning in early October and ending in mid-April.

Master of Science in Education in International Educational Development

The IEDP international internship meets the requirements of the NPL Leadership Practicum. It provides a real-world para-professional experience that blends theory with practice, with UN agencies such as UNESCO and UNICEF, and major NGOs, such as Room to Read and the Agha Khan Foundation. Unlike other international education programs, we work individually with all of our students to place them in a position, and provide a significant Penn-funded stipend to facilitate most travel costs. In addition, several courses employ real world simulations.

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