Stanford Graduate School of Education

Coordinates: 37°26′N 122°10′W / 37.43°N 122.17°W / 37.43; -122.17

Stanford University
Graduate School of Education
Type Private
Established 1891
Parent institution
Stanford University
Dean Daniel Schwartz
Academic staff
Students 379
Location Stanford, California, U.S.
Campus Suburban
Nickname Stanford GSE

The Stanford Graduate School of Education (also known as Stanford GSE, or GSE) is one of the seven schools of Stanford University, and is one of the top education schools in the United States. It was founded in 1891 and offers master's and doctoral programs in more than 25 areas of specialization, along with joint degrees with other programs at Stanford University including business, law, and public policy.[1]

Led by Daniel Schwartz, the mission of Stanford GSE is to continue as a world leader in groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary inquiries that shape educational practices, their conceptual underpinnings, and the professions that serve the enterprise. The GSE also seeks to develop the knowledge, wisdom, and imagination of its students to enable them to take leadership positions in efforts to improve the quality of education around the globe.[2]


The Graduate School of Education was founded in 1891 as the Department of the History and Art of Education, one of the original twenty-one departments at Stanford University. It awarded its first Ph.D. in 1916, and in 1917 was renamed the Stanford University School of Education. The Graduate School of Education building and Cubberley Library were built in 1938, and the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) was established in 1959.

In 2001, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $5 million to establish the School Redesign Network. The GSE established a public charter school, the East Palo Alto Academy, which has been managed by its New Schools initiative since then. In 2008, the faculty decided unanimously to make scholarly articles available as open educational resources, the first such move by a school of education. In 2009, The GSE established an education minor program for Stanford undergraduates. The program prepares students for careers in teaching, crafting educational policy, and managing schools. In 2013, the school name was changed to the Stanford Graduate School of Education to better reflect its advanced research and its graduate-level preparation of educators, scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs.[3]


Stanford GSE offers ten M.A. programs and four Ph.D. programs. Unlike many other schools of education, the programs are academic rather than professional and grant M.A. instead of Ed.M. degrees and Ph.D. instead of Ed.D. degrees. It also has undergraduate honors and minors programs. As a graduate school of education, the undergraduate programs are not degree programs, but instead offer education-related training for students majoring in other areas, as well as co-terminal master's degrees. The largest program is the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), which is the only program which offers a teaching credential for K-12 teachers.

The school also offers numerous professional development programs and resources for practicing elementary and secondary school teachers. These include the Center for the Support of Excellence in Teaching (CSET), the National Board Resource Center (NBRC), the Problem-Solving Cycle, and Stanford English Learner Education Services.[4]


Since U.S. News & World Report began ranking schools of education, Stanford has ranked among the top five overall in the United States and has received the top peer assessment score of any school each year. The doctoral program admits 7.2% of applicants, the most selective in the country.[5]

Notable people




Jim Shelton
Becky Worley


  1. "Admissions". 11 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. "About". Official Website. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. "History". Official Website. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  4. "Professional Development". Official Website. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  5. "Stanford University". US News & World Report. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
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