Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT)

Online Application:

  • 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
      • Recommenders’ Contact Information


An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application.


  • Official E-Transcripts are acceptable only if emailed to
  • Transcripts from study abroad courses and transfer credits are not required.

Degrees Earned Outside of the United States:

Letters of Recommendation

  • 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

Statement of Purpose 

  • 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?

Education Requirements

  • Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program. Applicants may apply prior to completing their bachelor's degree. In this case, please submit your most up-to-date transcripts, and if admitted, submit a second set of official transcripts after your degree is conferred.
  • The minimum cumulative Grade Point Average is 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • This program does not have any specific prerequisite courses.

Experience Requirements

Teaching experience is helpful but is not required for admission.


After an initial review of applications to the program, final candidates will be invited to interview in-person with education administrators from the San Diego Diocese and USD program faculty.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

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 teacher in Catholic schools with rigorous coursework, field experiences that build towards earning a Dual Teaching Credential (MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential and Education Specialist Credential), involvement within the Catholic community, and spiritual development.  

Requirements for the Academy of Catholic Teaching

EDTE 500PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 501PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 502PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
or EDTE 504P Secondary Methods I
EDTE 503PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
or EDTE 505P Secondary Methods II: Social Science
or EDTE 506P Secondary Methods II: Science
or EDTE 507P Secondary Methods II: Mathematics
or EDTE 508P Secondary Methods II: English
or EDTE 509P Secondary Methods II: World Language
EDTE 510PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 511PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
EDTE 512PMethods for English Learners3
EDTE 513PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 514Educational Research Methods3
EDTE 515SCapstone Seminar 3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 517PAssessment 3
EDUC 579Experimental Topics (Theology and Education)3
EDUC or EDTE Elective (500:599 or Study Abroad Course)3
Total Units42

Field Experience Support 

EDTE 555FField Placement Support 11

Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.

Exit Requirement - Masters

Capstone Research Project

Exit Requirement - Credential

California Teacher Performance Assessment (CalTPA)


All application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final deadline in order for your application to be considered for admission.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received, please log into the MySanDiego portal or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (619) 260-4524. Admissions decision letters are sent via US Mail.

Submit all supplemental materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 
University of San Diego, Manchester Hall 105
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492

For questions about the admissions contact:

SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach 
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 143
(619) 260-7988
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