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📣 Summer 2025 Application Updates


Thanks for your interest in ACE Teaching Fellows, the graduate M.Ed. program at the University of Notre Dame! Our next application window will open in September 2024. However, if you require an expedited application decision due to a competing, time-sensitive offer, please contact our Senior Associate Director for Teacher Recruitment, Michael Comuniello (; 574.631.6561). 

Otherwise, we encourage you to join us for our upcoming Summer Open Houses or virtual webinars. We also invite you to connect with a member of our Admissions Team. 

2024-2025 Important Application Dates

  • Nov. 5, 2024: Fall Application Deadline
  • Dec. 12, 2025: Fall Application Decisions Released
  • Jan. 21, 2025: Spring Application Deadline
  • Mar. 4-12, 2025: Spring Application Decisions Released
  • Apr. 11-13, 2025: April Retreat & Orientation at Notre Dame
  • May 30, 2025: ACE Summer Begins


How to Apply

The ACE Teaching Fellows application consists of three parts:

Part 1: Online Application

  1. Biographical & Educational Information
  2. Short Essays & Placement Consideration Form
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  4. Professional Headshot Photo

Part 2: Academic History

  1. Unofficial Transcript
  2. Unofficial Test Scores (OPTIONAL | e.g. GRE, SAT, ACT, Praxis, etc.)

Part 3: Three reference letters

The ACE application requires three, but no more than four, letters of recommendation be submitted on your behalf. You will need to obtain references from 2 professors and 1 individual who can attest to your success in living and working in a community atmosphere (e.g. Dorm Rector/Residence Director, Campus Minister, Service Project Leader, etc.). Reference letters, which are requested directly through the application, require the following:

  • A short evaluation of the five dispositions successful ACE Teachers possess (zeal, coachability, persistence, servant leadership, & hunger for spiritual growth)
  • A letter of reference

Note: You will be asked to provide the name and contact information of each reference in the online application. An electronic request will automatically be sent to each reference so that they might submit all materials online.

For those applying a few years removed from your undergraduate or graduate studies, you may substitute one professor recommendation with a professional reference; the University of Notre Dame Graduate School does require one letter of recommendation from a professor. Additionally, you may also substitute the rector, residence hall director, campus minister letter of recommendation with someone who is able to attest to your success living in working in a community atmosphere. 

Who We Look For

We’re looking for energetic, passionate leaders who welcome the challenges of beginning teaching, who can maintain a sense of perspective throughout the two-year experience, and who are able to create community both where they live and in the schools in which they work. Effective ACE teachers demonstrate maturity, leadership skills, and the ability to work independently. Strong candidates for ACE will display an excellent work ethic, a solid academic record, and experience in service and extra-curricular activities.

Still, ACE teachers don’t fit into a mold – there’s no “typical” candidate for the program. We’ve welcomed graduates from nearly every academic discipline from more than 250 colleges and universities across the country and around the world. As an applicant, we’ll get to know you as well as possible, looking beyond your transcripts and resumes as we search for qualified individuals who will bring life and hope to the schools and classrooms we serve.

ACE T-Shirt Unveiling Summer 2022

Connect with ACE

The ACE Teaching Fellows Recruitment and Admissions team will meet with prospective applicants all across the country, attending career & post-graduate service fairs, hosting information nights, and visiting college campuses. You'll have the chance to learn and ask questions about the M.Ed., the application process, community life, and more. To connect with our team, request more information or schedule a time for us to chat. We look forward to meeting you!