Admissions Process
1. Get to Know Us

Come to an admissions event to see if we’re the right fit.

There are many opportunities for you to get to know Alder Graduate School of Education. We hold various events so you can check out our local school sites and learn more about our academic program/residency model from current residents, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Please visit our admissions page for a calendar of events and click here to register for a recruiting event in your area.

Learn more about what we look for in candidates by reviewing the Alder Key Competencies.

Prepare for the program and learn more about all the student supports Alder offers by visiting our student services page.

Email us at to request more information or connect with a recruiter.


2. Confirm Your Eligibility

All interested applicants for the class of 2020-21 should:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree completed by the end of June 2020
  • Have a preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units (See Alder GPA Guide for more information)
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
3. Select Your Partner K-12 Campus

Our residency programs are uniquely different and are located throughout California for the class of 2020-21. Take a moment to learn about each one of our partner residency programs by visiting our school partners page.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher resident in Memphis, please note Alder’s program is transitioning to Christian Brothers University for 2020-21. For more information, please click here.

4. Identify Your Subject Area Preferences

Alder GSE supports teacher residents in obtaining their Teaching Credential* in subject areas that vary by K-12 partner. Some options include: Elementary/Multiple Subject (grades K–8); English (grades 6–12); Math (grades 6–12); Science (grades 6–12); Social Studies (grades 6–12); Special Education – Mild/Moderate (grades K–12); World Languages (eg: Spanish).

Please note that Special Education – Mild/Moderate (K–12) is available only to our California Residents.

*Alder GSE is applying for Initial Institutional and Program Approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and is working toward receiving this approval in the spring of 2020. In 2019-20 University of the Pacific is the official program sponsor approved by the CCTC. In 2020-21, if Alder receives initial institutional approval from CCTC prior to April of 2021, Alder will recommend teaching credentials to the CCTC; if not, Alder’s partner, Teachers College of San Joaquin, will recommend Alder’s residents to the CCTC for teaching credentials.For more information, please see our accreditation page.

5. Complete Your Residency Application

Begin your application at You will need to submit a resume and a short 250-500 word personal statement when completing your application in addition to your residency and teaching preferences.

If you are interested in learning more about all our programs, please email

6. Attend an Interview

All top candidates will be invited to an interview. Interviews will take place in the weeks following online application submissions.

7. Receive Residency Placement

Conditional offers will be extended to candidates pending mentor match and acceptance to Alder GSE. Once a candidate accepts the offer, they will be matched with a mentor teacher and encouraged to connect with current residents. At this stage candidates applying will confirm their acceptance and complete the Alder GSE portion of the application. 

8. Apply to Alder GSE

Complete your application to Alder GSE. This includes submitting your official transcripts.

9. Pass State Exams

Continue to register and/or submit score reports to Alder GSE. Please see below for important testing resources:

10. Complete Enrollment Documents

Once accepted, candidates should:

  1. Sign and submit the Alder GSE Enrollment Agreement
  2. Complete the Alder Testing Plan
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – optional. Please see here for more information: Financial Aid Checklist for the Class of 2020-21
  4. Apply for Alder GSE and partner financial support – optional