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.

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


2. Confirm Your Eligibility

All interested applicants should:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree completed by the end of June 2019
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units preferred (See Alder GPA Guide for more information)
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
4. Identify Your Subject Area Preferences

Alder, in partnership with our university partners, supports teacher residents in obtaining their Teaching Credential in subject areas that vary by 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.

5. Complete Your Partner K-12 Application

Choose your partner school and begin your application through their online application page.

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

6. Join us at a Regional Interview Day

All top candidates will be invited to K-12 partners’ regional interview days. Interviews will take place in the weeks following online application submissions.

7. Receive Decision

Conditional offers will be extended to candidates pending mentor match and acceptance to University of the Pacific or Relay Graduate School of Education. 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 to multiple K-12 partners will confirm their first choice to proceed with mentor match and enrollment.

8. Apply to University Partner

For California, complete the application to University of the Pacific – see here for overview of admission requirements.
For Memphis, Tennessee, complete the application to Relay Graduate School of Education  (application link coming soon).

9. Pass State Exams

Continue to register and/or submit score reports to the University of the Pacific or the Relay Graduate School of Education. 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 Alder Enrollment Form
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  4. Apply for Alder GSE and partner financial support