Teacher Residency Program

KIPP LA Teacher Residency at Alder GSE

Alder GSE

Quality public education is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. The Teacher Residency program is designed to make that a reality through relationships with K–12 school partners.
Alder graduates are effective educators and a force for positive social change.

Program Impact

Program Summary

Program Experience

Application Deadlines + Timelines

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Graduate School Applications Deadline

Round 1

Nov 12 Nov 26 Dec 2- 10 Dec 14

Jan 4

Round 2 Jan 21 Feb 4 Feb 10- 17 Feb 22

Mar 15

Round 3 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 3- 11 Mar 13

Apr 1*

Program Description


  • Earning your Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential in one year;
  • Apprenticing four days a week with an expert teacher in your residency KIPP LA school;
  • Learning within a cohort of peers with whom you will work (and laugh) all year, paving the way to becoming lifelong friends and colleagues;
  • Building a relationship with an expert instructional leader in K–8 education, who will advise and support you through one-on-one observation and dialogue;
  • Engaging in critical conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion with your mentor, instructors, and peers;
  • Receiving priority consideration for a full-time position at KIPP LA Public Schools upon completing the program;
  • Doing all of this at a cost that is affordable and includes financial support.

Our program is based on a residency model that combines immersive hands-on practice in the classroom with educational theory and research in both seminars and online. It takes place in partnership with KIPP LA Public Schools K–8 schools in historically underserved communities, and 97% of our graduates obtain full-time teaching positions after completing the program.

Program Overview

  • Residents spend four days a week in the classroom participating in hands-on teaching for the duration of a school year;
  • One day a week is spent with a regional cohort in seminars that bridge educational theory and research with the direct experience taking place in the classroom;
  • Additional discussion and reflection on theory and research take place via in-person course intensives and online coursework. More information is available in the Alder Scope and Sequence.
  • Residents apprentice at a KIPP LA in Los Angeles, California;
  • Residents receive a Master's Degree and Teaching Credential in California;
    • California: Masters of Arts with a concentration in Teaching or Special Education, and a Teaching Credential, both awarded by the University of the Pacific;
  • Available credentials vary by partner.  Some include:
    • Multiple Subject (K-8);
    • Single Subject (6-12): English, Math, Science, or Social Studies;
    • Special Education - Mild/Moderate;

Learn about costs and financial support here.