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Grow Public SChools
Teacher residency
at Alder GSE

Grow Public Schools
Teacher Residency at Alder GSE

Grow Public Schools is excited to announce our Teacher Residency partnership with Alder Graduate School of Education (GSE). The Alder GSE Program is a residency model (developed by the Aspire charter network) that combines immersive hands-on practice in the classroom with a rigorous curriculum of research-based coursework — consisting of in-person seminars as well as online instruction — culminating in a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Teaching or Special Education and Teaching Credential.  


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 Opens 

September 1, 2023


Cost &
Financial Aid

Program Costs

Program & Living Costs

2024-2025 Tuition*

General Education: $21,930
Special Education: $21,930 (net of $1,721 Alder Residency SPED grant)

Test Registration Fees

Approximately $1,000 depending on the number of tests a student


Credential &

Certification Fees


Live Scan & TB Fees

Approximately $150 based on the provider

Books & Materials


Other Living Expenses

Varies depending on your personal circumstances

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

Financial Support

Financial Support

For more detailed information about financial aid supports and how to apply, please see our full Financial Supports Page.

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

Credential test preparation support

$250 on average

Excellent preparation and priority consideration for a paid, full-time teaching position


Living Expenses Wage


Golden State Teacher Grant

Up to $20,000

Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program

Extra Year of Cal Grant

Federal TEACH Grant

Up to $5,658

Federal Loans

Up to $55,000*

Alder Residency Scholarships (dependent on funding availability and eligibility)

Up to $10,000

Test registration fee support


*Total financial aid (grants + scholarships + loans) cannot exceed the cost of attendance; therefore eligible loan amounts are reduced based on other aid received.


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

Alder Graduate School of Education Videos

Program Summary

Mentor & Resident Experience

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