The Boarding School Teaching Residency (BSTR) is an innovative two-year fellowship program between the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and nine of the country's top boarding schools. BSTR is ideal for individuals who:

  • Are aspiring or early career educators with an interest in the boarding school context.
  • Have the ambition and drive to earn a master's degree in education while completing intensive teaching fellowships at host partner schools.
  • Desire a cohort experience in a collaborative learning community.


BSTR enables aspiring and early career teachers to receive a master’s degree in education while completing teaching fellowships at host partner schools. With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for the boarding schools’ unique settings, BSTR features intensive on-site sessions in combination with innovative and collaborative distance learning.


Solidly grounded in both the theory and practice of teaching, BSTR is designed to integrate the expertise of professional educators from a host of leading institutions, drawing on the perspectives of scholars and practitioners alike.  

Degree Objective

BSTR confers a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) and requires the completion of 10 course units over two years. Additionally, fellows complete an inquiry project and construct a final portfolio in their second year.

To maintain academic eligibility at Penn GSE, students must be employed at an ISTR partner school.