​Academy of Catholic Teaching (ACT)

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

Academy of 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 K-12 school teachers in Catholic schools with rigorous coursework, involvement within the Catholic community, spiritual development, and field experiences that build towards earning a master's and dual teaching credential (MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential and Education Specialist 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 in San Diego Catholic Schools.

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

Three Pillars of the ACT Program

The ACT program is based on the three pillars of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE): service through teaching, community engagement, and spirituality.

Service through Teaching

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

Community Engagement

Community is built by creating positive classroom community culture, connecting with ACT Fellows and UCCE alumni, and participating in professional growth opportunities.


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.

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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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