Phone: 267-386-3001

To learn more about all of our program offerings, contact Kelly Smack at or 267-386-3019.

To learn more about our MSW program, contact Kyle Murray at or 610-738-0339.

Joseph Santivasci, M.Ed.
Director, WCU Philadelphia Campus
Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Campus Planning
Phone: 610-436-3376
Email: Joseph Santivasci

Marcie Cohen, M.S.
Associate Director for Student Services
Phone: 267-386-3014
Email: Marcie Cohen

Ben Morgan, M.A.
Associate Director, Student Success Center
Phone: 267-386-3027
Email: Ben Morgan

Kyle Murray
MSW Recruiter
Phone: 610-738-0339
Email: Kyle Murray

Kelly Smack, MSW
Assistant Director for Recruitment
Phone: 267-386-3019
Email: Kelly Smack

Philadelphia Campus Students in Class


Now accepting applications for the first cohort at the Philadelphia Campus for Fall 2019!

Welcome to the Master of Science in Transformative Education and Social Change of West Chester University in Philadelphia. If you are interested in the development of empowered and impactful teaching methods, the creation of inspired and meaningful educational programs, and examining the transformative potential of education within urban schools, then you have come to the right place!

In designing this program, our department faculty included a more critical theoretical foundation from which you can make an honest analysis of the issues and ideologies confronting contemporary education; identify contradictions and points of concern, and construct transformative programs and practices in response. In doing so, you will reflect on your own experiences in order to identify and challenge the common assumptions underlying the dominant educational philosophies today.

This unique approach seeks to close the gap between theory and practice and do a better job of integrating the ideals of freedom and critical democratic engagement into education. In short, we believe that real change is necessary and, furthermore, we believe that such change is always generated from the grassroots up - such change must begin with teachers.

Our program envisions the preparation and inspiration of empowered educators; transformative intellectuals who create and share knowledge and strategies to improve the quality of life for your students, schools, and communities within the city of Philadelphia.

The degree is comprised of twelve courses offered in person in the evening, two courses per term in the fall and spring semesters and one course in the summer semesters. Students work collaboratively in and out of the classroom to solve problems through actionable research. For the thesis, you are encouraged to choose a "thematic concern” that is both fulfilling, socially relevant, and inspirational to you. You will conduct an in-depth study of this concern throughout the courses, and then design a program or curriculum that seeks to solve or temper that perceived problem. Graduates of the program apply their research directly to their own classrooms, school districts, and communities to make a positive impact. 

Coursework for the program meets level II teacher certification requirements.

Application Requirements

Students should submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed graduate application
  • Goals statement
  • Official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended demonstrating a cumulative GPA of 3.00. 
  • Two letters of recommendation

It is free to apply. Use code GRADRAM in the "For Official Use Only" section at the end of the application to waive the application fee!

Urban Education Graduate Certificate

Coming soon! The certificate in Urban Education is aimed at students that are educators within urban schools and//or communities who seek to examine their profession and improve their own practice within it. Whether taken independently or as an integrated component of the M.S. in Transformative Education and Social Change, the certificate seeks to foster the development of public intellectuals and critical pedagogues who employ education as a tool of transformation and empowerment within urban communities. The certificate is 12 credits (4 courses).

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