Independent School Teaching Residency, MSEd

The Independent School Teaching Residency, M.S.Ed. program (ISTR) prepares early educators in our partnered schools with foundational pedagogy and classroom management skills to become successful teachers through a highly mentored, in person and online fellowship. ISTR 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 independent schools’ unique settings, ISTR features intensive on-site sessions in combination with innovative and collaborative distance learning. The program also provides an option to apply for a Pennsylvania teaching certification. This option requires the completion of one additional course, EDTF 521 Foundations of Special Education as well as all PA state requirements for certification.

Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCourse Units
EDPR 507 Social Foundations of Independent Schools II .5
EDPR 508 Adolescent Development and Classroom Applications II .5
Select one of the following: .5
Methods I - Modern Language  
Methods I - Math  
Methods I - Social Studies  
Methods I - Science  
Methods I - English  
Methods I - Independent Study  
EDPR 509 Field Seminar II .5
 Course Units2.00
Summer
EDPR 501 Social Foundations of Independent Schools I .5
EDPR 502 Introduction to Teaching as Inquiry I .5
 Course Units1.00
Fall
EDPR 503 Learning Theory and Instructional Design I .5
EDPR 504 Field Seminar I .5
EDPR 506 Reflective Practice in Schools I .5
EDPR 516 Reflective Practice in Schools II .5
 Course Units2.00
Second Year
Spring
EDPR 606 Social Foundations of Independent Schools: Advanced II .5
EDPR 607 Advanced Learning Theory II .5
EDPR 608 Advanced Field Seminar II .5
EDPR 609 Masters Seminar .5
 Course Units2.00
Summer
EDPR 601 Advanced Methods of Inquiry I .5
EDPR 602 Advanced Methods of Inquiry II .5
 Course Units1.00
Fall
EDPR 603 Social Foundations of Independent Schools: Advanced .5
Select one of the following: .5
Methods II- Modern Language  
Methods II- Math  
Methods II- Social Studies  
Methods II- Science  
Methods II- English  
Methods II- Independent Study  
EDPR 604 Advanced Learning Theory I .5
EDPR 605 Advanced Field Seminar I .5
 Course Units2.00
 Total Course Units10.00

Master's Portfolio  

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by creating a portfolio and passing a portfolio review in their area of study. The portfolio serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Portfolio formats vary.  


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


The Independent School Teaching Residency MSEd program also provides an option to apply for a Pennsylvania teaching certification. This option requires the completion of one additional course, EDTF 521 Foundations of Special Education as well as all PA state requirements for certification.

First Year
Summer
EDPR 501Social Foundations of Independent Schools I.5
EDPR 502Introduction to Teaching as Inquiry I.5
Fall
EDPR 503Learning Theory and Instructional Design I.5
EDPR 504Field Seminar I.5
EDPR 506Reflective Practice in Schools I.5
EDPR 516Reflective Practice in Schools II.5
Spring
EDPR 507Social Foundations of Independent Schools II.5
EDPR 508Adolescent Development and Classroom Applications II.5
Select one of the following:.5
Methods I - Modern Language
Methods I - Math
Methods I - Social Studies
Methods I - Science
Methods I - English
Methods I - Independent Study
EDPR 509Field Seminar II.5
Second Year
Summer
EDPR 601Advanced Methods of Inquiry I.5
EDPR 602Advanced Methods of Inquiry II.5
Fall
EDPR 603Social Foundations of Independent Schools: Advanced.5
Select one of the following:.5
Methods II- Modern Language
Methods II- Math
Methods II- Social Studies
Methods II- Science
Methods II- English
Methods II- Independent Study
EDPR 604Advanced Learning Theory I.5
EDPR 605Advanced Field Seminar I.5
Spring
EDPR 606Social Foundations of Independent Schools: Advanced II.5
EDPR 607Advanced Learning Theory II.5
EDPR 608Advanced Field Seminar II.5
EDPR 609Masters Seminar.5
Required course for certification option. Term taken varies.
EDTF 521Foundations Special Educ0
Total Course Units10

Master's Portfolio  

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by creating a portfolio and passing a portfolio review in their area of study. The portfolio serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Portfolio formats vary.