​Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT)

Rooted in tradition. And looking forward to today's world.

Please note: the Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT) program will not be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please check back for updates regarding applications for future academic terms.

Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT) is an innovative three-year collaborative program that creates pathways for inspired education students to teach by example in San Diego's K-12 Catholic schools.

ACT is designed to provide elementary and middle school teacher candidates with rigorous coursework, internships and field experiences that build to a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and a preliminary Multiple or Single Subject teaching credential.

In this program, you'll explore the powerful alchemy of theory and practice—weaving coursework around inclusive education designed for today's world into direct action through internships and field experience in San Diego Catholic Schools.

ACT is a University of San Diego and San Diego Diocesan collaboration.

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Three Pillars of the ACT Program

Service through Teaching

Participants commit to teaching three years in a Catholic K-12 school in the Diocese of San Diego.

Living in Community

Participants create community in the classroom and have the opportunity to live in community with their teaching peers. ACT seeks individuals who desire a strong community experience and professional growth in partnership with peers.


Participants are expected to proactively attend to their spiritual lives through both formal and informal practices. Activities to promote spiritual growth and development will include a retreat, an international experience and local activities.

Curriculum that bridges new educational theory with tradition.

You'll learn how new theory fits into traditional Catholic education and put what you learn into practice through multiple student teaching opportunities. 

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