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Teacher Residency at Alder GSE

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Each Resident is paired with an expert mentor educator, spending four days a week in the classroom participating in hands-on teaching, and approximately one day a week spent in collaboration with a regional cohort in seminars that bridge educational theory and research with the direct experience taking place in the classroom.

Alder GSE provides an affordable and supportive path to a rewarding and successful teaching career. As an Alder student, you will receive:

  • A Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential

  • A year-long apprenticeship with an excellent, trained mentor teacher

  • A cohort with whom to learn and grow

  • Academic support from an expert Instructional Director dedicated to your development and to creating a strong cohort experience

  • Access to financial aid (federal loans and grants), scholarships, and other financial benefits

  • Eligibility for loan deferral during the program

  • A 50% discount on credential test preparation courses and additional testing supports, including free test preparation resources

  • A financial stipend (availability and amount varies by partner schools)

  • Priority hiring at one of the Grow Public Schools campuses


We are currently recruiting a cohort of teacher residents who want to join our mission to close the opportunity gap for underserved communities in rural Kern County.  This is an innovative and affordable pathway to a full-time teaching career in our community while gaining hands-on classroom experience.

Grow Public Schools & Alder Cohort Program Details


For the 2024-2025 Residency Cohort, Grow Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants in the following areas:

  • Multiple Subject - Elementary

  • Special Education - Mild/Moderate

  • Single Subject Math

  • Single Subject Science

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2024-2025 Application is Now Open!

Priority Deadline: October 13, 2023

General Deadline: November 3, 2023

Interview: November 13, 2023


Cost &
Financial Aid

Program Costs

Program & Living Costs

*final tuition set in Dec. 2023 for the Class of 2025

Financial Support

Financial Aid

Amounts of financial support vary by partner and location; below are representative ranges:

Approximate compensation*

$40,000 (TBD for 2024-25 Cohort)

Health Benefits*


Federal financial aid (loans for tuition and living expenses)

Up to $55,000

Test Registration fee support


Credential test preparation support

$250 on average

Alder Scholarships: In 2020-2021 75% of Alder's Teacher Residents received a scholarship.

$3,000 - $10,000

Excellent preparation and priority consideration for a paid,

full-time teaching position


*Approximate compensation and health benefits are available if employed as a Small Group Instructor (SGI). All Teacher Residents are prioritized for SGI vacancies as space permits.

For more information about financial aid, please see:

Make more of
a difference

Make more of a difference in Kern County by becoming a part of

Grow Public Schools' mission-driven community and staff.

2024 - 2025 Application Open September 1, 2023

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