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  • Beginning September 1st, Pasadena USD Teacher Residency at Alder GSE is accepting applications for Cohort 2024-2025! The application is short and there is no application fee. 

    This is an innovative and affordable pathway to a full-time teaching career in our community. In this residency you will:

    • Earn your Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential* in one year through Alder Graduate School of Education.
    • Apprentice four days a week with an expert teacher in your residency school.
    • Learn within a cohort of peers with whom you will work (and laugh) all year, paving the way to becoming lifelong friends and colleagues.
    • Build a relationship with an expert instructional leader in K–12 education, who will advise and support you through one-on-one observation and dialogue.
    • Engage in critical conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion with your mentor, instructors, and peers.
    • Receive priority hiring at PUSD upon completing the program. Over 90% of graduates are hired into full time teaching positions. 
    • Do all of this at a cost that is affordable and includes financial support.


    ~$20.5K tuition (final tuition set in Dec. 2023 for the Class of 2025) 


    • Up to $20K stipend (Residents are not employees of the school)
    • Up to $26,000 in state and federal grants for residents from all credential areas 
    • Up to $40K 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



    Requirements / Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree completed by July 2024
    • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.65 is preferred. Under 2.65 GPA should still apply. Those below a 2.0 are not eligible.
    • Eligible to work in the United States - DACA, permanent residency, US Citizen

    More details for the 2024-2025 Residency Cohort:

    PUSD is looking for qualified applicants in the subjects 

    • Multiple Subject TK, 6th-8th
    • Multiple Subject (DLIP) Spanish, Mandarin, French, Armenian
    • SPED TK-12
    • Single Subject Math
    • Single Subject Science (Physics)
    • Single Subject World Language: Spanish


Key Admissions Dates

  • Contacts

    Hanh Le
    Director of Teacher Residency Programs and Human Resources
    (626) 396-3600 ext. 88381

    Dala Alvarez
    Alder Admissions and Recruitment Manager
    (650) 313-4679

    Schedule a time to meet with them here calendly.com/dalaalvarez