Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT)

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

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.

Current resumé

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.