Teaching Fellowships

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Penn Residency Master's in Teaching (PRMT) Program

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Taft School is pleased to partner with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in offering aspiring teachers the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in education while completing teaching fellowships on our Watertown, Connecticut campus. The program provides an opportunity for talented college graduates to explore the boarding school profession and develop their teaching proficiency.

PRMT Teaching Fellowships span two academic years require:

  • one week of intensive course work at Penn each summer
  • online work with a cohort of 25-30 fellows from the nine consortium schools
  • one weekend per term attending PRMT Symposium
  • mentoring of an experienced teacher at Taft
  • weekly seminar with the Taft Director of Teaching Fellowships

PRMT Teaching Fellows are engaged in all facets of boarding school life. Typically, a teaching fellow:

  • teaches two classes
  • coaches or contributes to an extracurricular program in the fall, winter and spring
  • assumes residential responsibilities

Working closely with a mentor in the same discipline, if not the same course, fellows learn about curriculum, classroom dynamics, class preparation, assessments and other fundamental aspects of the profession. The mentor is a readily available resource, offering information, advice, feedback and support. Because the fellow is solely responsible for his or her classes, the mentor assumes an unobtrusive advisory role designed to enable the fellow to succeed.

Fellows also participate together in weekly seminars on topics ranging from pragmatic issues of teaching at Taft to more general pedagogical principles, to adolescent development and cognitive research. These seminars are pertinent to the fellow's immediate teaching experience as well as intellectually stimulating and philosophically provocative.

As members of the faculty, Taft PRMT Teaching Fellows receive the following:

  • a salary
  • financial support for their Penn degree
  • housing and board
  • medical benefits and other perquisites

The Taft School is fully accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is the policy of The Taft School to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran's status, genetic predisposition or any other legally protected status.


If you have any questions concerning the Fellowship Program, please contact Eileen Bouffard at EileenBouffard@taftschool.org or 860-945-7804.

Application Procedure

Applicants for a Teaching Fellowship must be well qualified in their academic subjects, enthused about teaching and living with adolescent students, and willing to engage energetically in all aspects of boarding school life.

Please complete the online application. You must include PDFs of the following:

  • resume
  • cover letter
  • college transcripts
  • three letters of reference
  • personal statement