Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT)

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.

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee
    • Upload the following to submit your online application:
      • Statement of Purpose
      • Resume
      • Copy of Official Transcript
      • Recommenders’ Contact Information
    • Letters of Recommendation and International Transcript Evaluations must be received by the program deadline to complete your application.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application.
    • Unofficial transcripts from student portals without a registrar’s signature are not acceptable.
    • Students who earned their bachelor's degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation conducted by a NACES current member.  
      • Applications for students educated outside the United States will not be considered complete nor can an admissions decision be made until this degree evaluation has been submitted.
    • NOTE:  If admitted to the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, you will be required to submit an official sealed transcript from all colleges and universities from which you received credit, including community colleges.
      • Official E-Transcripts are acceptable only if emailed to grads@sandiego.edu.
      • Transcripts from study abroad courses are not required.
  • A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from a current supervisor or a professor attesting to both academic and personal skills, and if possible, to teaching abilities.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vitae
  • The Statement of Purpose. Address each of the following three questions. Each response has a maximum length of 200 words, for a total maximum length of 800 words for the Statement of Purpose. When writing your response please remember that this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills and academic readiness.
    • The Mission of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego is to "educate in the image of Christ for our Church and for our World". What does this mission mean to you? How would you contribute to this mission as an ACT teaching fellow in the Diocese of San Diego? Describe your purpose for becoming a Catholic school teacher. How do you hope to impact your students and the community?

    • Review the mission of the Department of Learning and Teaching. What does this mission mean to you? How would you contribute to this mission as a student teacher within the USD learning and teaching program?

    • In addition to the service of teaching, the ACT program is built on pillars of spirituality and community involvement. Describe how you plan to grow spiritually within your community through this program.

    • Attending a rigorous master’s and credential program while student teaching, passing required assessments, and maintaining relationships can be a delicate balance. What will you do to prepare and support yourself throughout the program?

  • California state law requires that all credential-seeking students receive passing scores on the CBEST and CSET prior to student teaching. We strongly encourage all applicants to have passed the exam requirements prior to the application deadlines. If you are unable to sit for an administration of these exams prior to applying, you are encouraged to submit proof of registration for a future test date. Please note, enrollment into our programs will only be granted if all required examinations are successfully passed and reportable scores are received by the deadlines indicated below. *Some program applicants may qualify to waive the CBEST requirement. 
    • If admitted to the two-year, fall start program be prepared to submit a copy of your official score report for both the CSET and CBEST by last day of your fall semester classes, December 2019 if applying to the Fall 2019 program in order to enroll in the following semester.
  • International applicants only:
    • Official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia.
      • TOEFL minimum scores:
        • Internet-based test: 83
        • Computer-based test: 237
        • Paper-based test: 580
      • IELTS minimum score:
        • Band score 7
    • Transcripts from universities outside of the United States must be accompanied by a Course-by-Course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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.

Current students should refer to the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog for requirements.