Program Costs

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 of up to twenty-five peers with whom to learn and grow
  • Academic support from an expert instructional Director dedicated to your development and to creating a strong cohort experience
  • A stipend (offered by K-12 Partner)
  • Access to financial aid (loans and grants), scholarships, and other financial supports
  • Eligibility for loan deferral during the program
  • A 50% discount on credential test preparation courses and additional testing supports, including free test preparation resources
  • Priority hiring—90% of Alder graduates secure a full-time position at one of our school partners after their program year

Year One: You will be a full-time student completing your graduate-level coursework and co-teaching in a classroom with a mentor teacher four days a week.

Years Two and Beyond: You will be fully prepared to work as a full-time teacher, making a positive difference for countless students over your lifetime.


Costs & Financial Support

Program & Living Costs:

2021-2022 Tuition* General Education: $19,500
Special Education: $19,500 (net of $1,721 Alder Residency SPED grant)
Test Registration Fees Approximately $1,000 depending on the number of tests a student takes
Credential & Certification Fees $340
Live Scan and TB Fees Approximately $150 based on the provider
Books & Materials $600
Other Living Expenses Varies depending on your personal circumstances

*Tuition for the class of 2022-23 will be set in December 2022.

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

Living stipend (taxable)* $10,000–$20,000
Federal financial aid (loans for tuition and living expenses) Up to $49,669
Test registration fee support $200
Credential test preparation support $250 on average
Excellent preparation and priority consideration for a paid, full-time teaching position PRICELESS!

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Student Billing Information

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