What is included in the ACE Teaching Fellowship?
In addition to an incomparable experience of teaching and mentoring, ACE Teachers will…
- Earn a rigorous and competitive graduate fellowship culminating with a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame
- Obtain a teaching license in Indiana, which has reciprocity with many other states
- Receive a stipend of approximately $12,000 a year and affordable housing arranged by the (arch)diocese in which an ACE Teacher serves
- Obtain eligibility for loan deferment
- Receive cost-free room, board, and parking during the summers
- Potentially qualify for an Education Award worth ~$5,800 from the Corporation for National and Community Service
- Have support of a pastoral team member, an academic supervisor, and a community with whom the teacher lives at their placement site
- Deepen their faith and prepare to be a spiritual leader in their school
What does ACE look for in a candidate?
ACE seeks 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. ACE Teachers must demonstrate maturity, leadership skills, openness to spiritual growth, 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. ACE has welcomed graduates from nearly every academic discipline and from more than 200 colleges and universities around the world.
Where will I teach?
ACE serves approximately 120 Catholic schools in 16 states (and DC). ACE teachers live in one of 34 ACE communities in 31 (arch)dioceses. The 2018-19 communities are the following:
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Biloxi, MS
- Brownsville, TX
- Chicago, IL
- Corpus Christi, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Fort Worth, TX
- Indianapolis, IN
- Jacksonville, FL
- Los Angeles, CA (East LA)
- Los Angeles, CA (South Central)
- Mission, TX
- Mobile, AL
- New Orleans, LA
- New York City, NY
- Oakland, CA
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Pensacola, FL
- Peoria, IL
- Philadelphia, PA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Sacramento, CA
- San Antonio, TX
- San Jose, CA
- Santa Ana, CA
- St. Petersburg, FL
- Stockton, CA
- Tampa, FL
- Tucson, AZ
- Tulsa, OK
- Washington, DC
Teacher Formation, Community Life, and Spirituality
If ACE Teachers are teaching full-time, when do they take M.Ed. courses?
ACE Teachers spend two summers living and studying with the larger ACE community at Notre Dame. The centerpiece of the summer program is an innovative teacher-preparation curriculum, taught by select faculty and experienced practitioners, combined with a supervised field experience in local public and Catholic schools. ACE Teachers also take a limited number of distance-learning classes during the academic year which directly relate to their classroom teaching experiences.
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