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Teacher Residency Program

WISH Charter Schools Teacher Residency at Alder GSE
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This innovative teacher residency program combines immersive hands-on practice in the classroom with educational theory and research in both in person seminars and online courses. It takes place in partnership with K–12 schools in historically underserved communities, and 97% of our graduates obtain full-time teaching positions after completing the program. 
In this residency year you will:
  • Earn your Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential in one year.
  • 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 consideration for a full-time position upon completing the program.
  • Do all of this at a cost that is affordable and includes financial support.

WISH Charter Schools & Alder Cohort Program Details:
For the 2022-2023 Residency Cohort, WISH Charter
Schools is looking for qualified applicants in the following areas:
      • Special Education

Costs and Financial Aid
Program Costs

  • $19,500 (estimated out-of-pocket cost net of Alder Teacher Grant for the 2022 cohort, will be finalized in December 2021)
Books, tests, etc.
  • Approximately $2,000
  • Alder is working to ensure residents have a way to access health care coverage, whether provided by Alder or the state of CA.
​Financial Support

WISH Charter School Provided Living stipend
  • $15,000
Federal financial aid (loans for tuition and living expenses) 
  • Up to $44,000
Support for transportation, room, and board to in-person sessions
  • Approximately $1,500​
Test registration fee support
  • $200
Credential test preparation support
  • $250 on average
Excellent preparation and priority consideration for a paid, full-time teaching position
                           Key Dates ​For 2022-2023 Cohort
September 1, 2021 
October 15th
November 5th
​December 15th
​February 4th

To apply, please visit 

For more information please reach out to Natalie Cooke, Alder Los Angeles Recruitment and Admissions, at  Grab a time to meet with Natalie via phone directly here

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