NPL/Master of Science in Education

The Graduate School of Education and School of Social Policy & Practice offer a dual degree 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 simultaneously, fulfilling the application requirements for each degree program and indicating an interest in the NPL/MSEd. Upon acceptance into NPL and ECS, the applicant will be admitted to the dual degree program. Students may use the same letters of recommendation providing the referees address the dual degree interests.

Program Structure

The Master in Nonprofit Leadership and the Education, Culture, and Society program are coming together to offer a 1.5, 14 CU, joint-degree program. The NPL program is reducing required CU’s by 3, and ECS program is reducing required CU’s by 3.

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

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

Practicum

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.

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