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.
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. Until Alder is approved, University of the Pacific is the official program sponsor approved by the CCTC. 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 matched with a mentor teacher, Alder residents need to:

  1. Sign and submit the Alder GSE Enrollment Agreement
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Apply for Alder GSE and partner financial support