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Alder Graduate School of Education Residency Program

Alder Graduate School of Education Residency Program

Bright Star Schools' Alder Teacher Residency

Earn your Master's Degree and Teaching Credential in One Year

Bright Star Schools has partnered with Alder University to offer a Teacher Residency program!


  • Earning your Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential in one year.
  • Apprenticing four days a week with an expert teacher in your residency 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–12 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 upon completing the program.
  • Doing all of this at a cost that is affordable and includes financial support.

Applications are now open! 

AlderWIDE SoCal Teacher Residency at Alder GSE

The free, short application for the AlderWIDE SoCal Teacher Residency at Alder GSE is now open (September 1, 2022)! The early priority application deadline is October 14, 2022.

This fall, Bright Star Schools is recruiting a cohort of teacher residents for the AlderWIDE SoCal Teacher Residency. This is an innovative and affordable pathway to a full-time teaching career in our community. Residents earn their Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential in just one year through the Alder Graduate School of Education, while joining a supportive, mentor-based program with an emphasis on social justice and equity. After the year of residency, graduates receive priority hiring as Bright Star teachers.


  • ~$20.5K tuition (final tuition set in Dec. 2022 for the class of 2024) 


  • Instructional Assistant Salary - $30,240+/year with vision, dental and health benefits
  • Up to $26,000 in state and federal grants for residents from all credential areas
  • Up to $40,000 in federal financial aid/loans and the opportunity to apply for scholarships
  • Master's Degree and Credential
  • Priority hiring for a full-time position at the school of residency
Alder Teacher Residency Program Details

Priority Application Deadlines: October 14 & November 4, 2022
Interviews: Late November/Early December 2022

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree completed by the end of July 2023
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.65 preferred, under 2.65 GPA should still apply 
  • Eligible to work in the United States DACA, permanent residency, US Citizen

Details For the 2023-2024 Residency Cohort:

Bright Star Schools is looking for qualified applicants in the following subjects:

  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject English
  • Single Subject Mathematics
  • Single Subject Science 
  • Single Subject Social Science 
  • Special Education 

Natalie Cooke, Associate Director of Recruitment, at ncooke@aldergse.edu