PACE Application Process

Candidate Requirements

  • Have received, or expect to receive, a bachelor's degree by June 2021 with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Possess a willingness to live in a small, intentional, faith community of other PACE teachers through which they are encouraged to actively engage their spirituality.
  • Understand that they are committing to serve in Catholic schools for two years.

Please complete the following steps for application to the PACE Program:

Submit your Graduate School application indicating PACE MAT or MEd

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - for candidates who have majored in a discipline other than Education, but have discerned a call to become a teacher.
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) - for candidates who have completed an undergraduate Education program and are or will be licensed to teach upon entering the program in June 2020.

Additional Application Requirements

  • PACE Program Essays
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation:
    • Recommendations are required from three individuals. These writers should comment specifically on the personal qualities and experience that indicate the candidate's capability to assume the responsibilities of classroom teaching in a Catholic school, live in a faith-based community and/or successfully complete graduate studies.
    • Please include only 3 letters of recommendation
    • Letters should be no more than one page
    • Email & phone number of the reference should be included in the signature of the letter
    • There are three distinct recommendation forms (each form linked below):
      • Academic Recommendation: Letter of reference from a professor, academic advisor, research chair, academic supervisor, etc.
      • Experience with Children Recommendation: Letter of reference from an individual who can speak to the candidate's experience working with children or youth: camp director, cooperating teacher, tutoring program administrator, head coach, day care director, service project leader, etc.
      • Non-Peer Character Recommendation:  Letter of reference from an individual who can speak to the candidate's strength of character and preparation for living with others in a faith-based intentional community: priest or pastor, campus minister, residence hall director, mentor, employer or supervisor, etc.
    • Evaluators are asked to email the recommendation directly to: If unable to email, please ask the evaluator to mail hard copies to the PACE Office at:
PACE Program
School of Education, MSC 149
5000 N Willamette Blvd.
Portland OR 97203

  • Introduction Video
    • Submit a 1-3 minute video introducing yourself and explaining why you want to become a teacher. The short video tutorial below should give you a sense of what to include.  
    • Videos can be as creative as you'd like.
    • All videos must be uploaded to YouTube with a privacy setting of "UNLISTED." This will allow you to share your video url with us, without the video being available to the public. Please do not set your video to PRIVATE as we will be unable to view it.
    • Title your video with your name and the PACE Program graduate strand (MAT or M.Ed.) to which you are applying. Ex: "Jane Doe - PACE MAT Application"
      • Video Tutorial:

  •  After you have created and uploaded the video to YouTube, submit the YouTube url by completing the PACE Application video form.
    • PACE Application videos will ONLY be used for candidate application and placement purposes. PACE will not share or make public any videos for promotion or marketing of the program. The video remains the sole property of the applicant.
  • Test Scores for MAT Applicants
  • Teaching License for MEd Applicants
    • All applicants with a teaching license are required to submit a copy of the license.

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