Teacher in Residency

The Teacher Residency program offers a year-long classroom teacher apprenticeship with a high performing mentor and carefully curated master’s level coursework.

The mission of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools is to operate high-achieving public schools in educationally underserved communities, developing in our students the knowledge, skills and character essential to thrive in college, shape their futures, and positively impact the world.

In the Teacher Residency Program, we combine theory and practice by pairing a year-long classroom apprenticeship with a high performing mentor and curated master’s level coursework. Participants learn the theory behind great teaching while practicing alongside an expert teacher in a rigorous, 12-month residency program.


The mission of the Teacher in Residency is to empower students and increase their access to opportunities by training and retaining highly effective teachers.

About the Residency

The KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Teacher in Residency with Alder GSE offers:

  • A one-year program that integrates exceptional academic preparation and practical teaching experience
  • Master of Arts in Teaching from Alder Graduate School of Education at a deeply discounted tuition rate
  • A $20,000 stipend to help fund testing, transportation, and tuition fees
  • California Preliminary Teaching Credential in any core subject area
  • The opportunity to work in a KIPP classroom and learn from a highly-effective, trained Mentor Teacher for an entire school year
  • iPhone and laptop
  • Priority hiring for a full-time teaching position at a KIPP school in the Bay Area after your residency year.
  • Weekly seminars to bridge theory and practice

KIPP Bay Area Public School Locations

  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • San Jose
  • San Lorenzo
  • Peninsula

We’re looking for future residents who are:

  • Passionate about becoming an incredible teacher; no classroom experience necessary
  • Gritty and growth oriented, take feedback and implement it as an opportunity to grow.
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to students and the mission of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools.
  • Able to pass the necessary CA credentialing exams (CBEST or equivalent scores, and CSET)  before their residency year begins.
  • Degree holders of a four-year degree from an accredited university with a minimum 2.65 GPA preferred (or a GPA appeal letter) by June 2020. Candidates who wish to teach Middle or High School must have a 3.0 GPA with a degree in the subject area they wish to teach.

Please contact annie.villanueva@kippbayarea.org for more information.

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Financial Overview

The Residency financial structure is intended to provide an affordable, high-quality pathway to teaching. The core components of the Alder Teacher Residency at KIPP Bay Area Public Schools financial package are:

  • Residents pay the deeply discounted Alder GSE tuition for their first year (roughly $18,000 a year)
  • Residents receive a $20,000 stipend for the first year of the program to support with tuition, testing fees, and travel.
  • Financial aid and student loans are available.
  • Loans acquired during undergraduate education may be eligible for loan forgiveness and can be deferred because Residents are enrolled in a Master’s program and teaching at Title I schools.

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