Admission Process and Timeline

There are three stages in the admission process. The first step begins when candidates submit an application to the University of Portland's Graduate School along with the PACE application and supplemental materials by January 23, 2018. The second step is inviting eligible applicants to a PACE interview and offering selected candidates conditional acceptance into the program. The final step in this process is a placement interview. Acceptance into the program is confirmed after an applicant has attended a placement interview with a school principal and has been accepted by a school.

1) University of Portland Graduate School Application and PACE application 

  • PACE applicants will submit the online graduate school application. 
  • PACE applicants will submit the PACE application and supplemental materials to the PACE office.
  • The PACE program will provide the Graduate School the PACE applicant's: letters of recommendation, transcript, PACE essays, current resume, and teaching license (if applicable), and submitted test scores.  These do not need to be submitted with the Graduate School application. 

2) PACE Interview

  • After written applications have been reviewed eligible applicants will be invited to a PACE Interview. These interviews will begin in late January and continue through February. Applicants not invited to a PACE interview will be advised accordingly.
  • Normally, the PACE Interviews will be held at the University of Portland.
  • Dependent on the numbers of applicants from different regions in the country, initial PACE Interviews may be held in Chicago, Ill. Details about dates and specific locations for these interviews will be communicated directly to selected applicants. An alternative is to conduct these interviews by webcam.
  • Following the PACE Interview, successful applicants will be conditionally accepted into the PACE program. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised accordingly.
  • Applicants who are accepted into the University of Portland's Graduate School will be notified accordingly.

3) Placement Interviews

  • At this point in the admission process selected candidates will be notified of placement potential.
  • PACE does not randomly assign candidates to schools, but involves each candidate directly in the placement process. Interviews for school placements begin soon after a candidate accepts their invitation to join PACE.
  • Candidates will interview with the principal and/or school officials of the placement school. The principal of a selected placement school does the actual selection of a PACE candidate. These interviews will be arranged as soon as possible after a candidate has indicated their acceptance of their invitation to join the program. In cases where distance is prohibitive, interviews will take place via phone and/or on-line video conferencing.
  • After the placement interview has been completed, the coordinator of the PACE Program will confirm a candidate's placement in a school and, at the same time, their final acceptance into the PACE Program.

4) PACE Summer School

  • PACE Orientation begins June 18, 2018. All PACE teachers move into campus housing during this week.
  • University of Portland graduate courses begin Monday, June 25, 2018.
  • Graduation and Commencement occur in the first week of August.


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