In the spirit of fulfilling Temple University's historic mission, the College of Education makes serving the needs of schools and communities a top priority. Faculty members collaborate with teachers, school districts, peer institutions and policymakers to bridge the gap between theory and practice and work to implement change where it matters.
This commitment to service includes addressing the need for continuous professional development. It also means providing a network of empirical and applied knowledge for leaders and practitioners alike. The College of Education is particularly engaged in efforts to promote international perspectives in education and to improve teaching and learning within urban communities.
Experiential Learning through Community Partnerships
As part of its mission to give back to the surrounding community and provide substantive fieldwork experiences for its students, the College of Education has formed partnerships with more than 25 institutions and organizations, such as:
- Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable
- Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development
- School District of Philadelphia
- Stepping Stones Scholars Inc.
- Urban Youth Leadership Academy
- YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School
Organizational partnerships provide students with community-based learning opportunities and field-based practice. These experiences are facilitated through voluntary internships and/or field experiences and student teaching as part of an academic program. To learn more, explore our Office of Field Placements.
Family Friends is an intergenerational program that connects older adult volunteers who have experience, wisdom and time to share with children and families who may be feeling overwhelmed and isolated.
Temple's GEAR UP program provides academic success and college exploration for students and families in its partner schools. The program partners with several organizations and universities to provide college awareness and readiness support to students and families.
The Grandma’s Kids program targets children in kinship placement, informal care and foster care. The program serves children who are low-income, at-risk of violence and disparities that can mitigate their academic progress.
A national early education organization, Jumpstart recruits and trains college students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it begins.
Temple's Psychoeducational Clinic provides comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for adolescents, children and young adults who are experiencing academic difficulties. Such difficulties may be related to behavioral, emotional or social problems; learning disabilities; or neurological impairment.
Temple's Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science programs prepare Philadelphia Public and Charter High School students for admission to institutions for higher learning and success in the collegiate environment through intense academic enrichment, a summer college immersion experience, enhanced cognitive and critical thinking, and extensive interpersonal development through positive social interactions.