Teacher in Residency

Together with families and communities, KIPP Public Schools Northern California creates joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and create a more just 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.

“I wanted to make sure before entering the teaching field that I was prepared to teach children in my community. I needed to be taught how to be an equitable practitioner of education and how to be most beneficial to my students. The theory and practice approach of the KIPP Teacher Residency program best prepared me to do just that.”

Jonathan Palacios, KIPP SF Bay Alumni & KIPP King Spanish Teacher



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

About the Residency

The KIPP Public Schools Northern California 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 Northern California after your residency year.
  • Weekly seminars to bridge theory and practice

KIPP Public Schools Northern California Locations

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

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 Public Schools Northern California.
  • 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 2021. 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 savina.woodyard@kippnorcal.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 Public Schools Northern California financial package are:

  • Residents pay the deeply discounted Alder GSE tuition for their first year (roughly $19,000 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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