Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE)

Program Highlights, Admission Requirements, and Timeline: 

Program Highlights: 

The Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) is a two-year graduate teaching program serving Catholic schools in the western United States. PACE program participants teach full-time in K-12 Catholic schools, live together in intentional communities, and earn tuition-free graduate degrees in education. Our teachers are currently serving in 37 Catholic schools in 16 cities in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington State.

For additional program specific information, visit PACE.

Graduate School Application

Admission Requirements:

  • PACE essays
  • Student Teaching Background Information Form
  • Current Resume
  • Video Submission - please email a YouTube link to
  • Three PACE Recommendation Forms and Letters
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution. Electronic transcripts should be sent to or physical transcripts should be sent to: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,Portland, Oregon 97203
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision  
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic. 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Official Test Scores
    • Testing requirements can be viewed on the PACE page.
    • International Applicants: an official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 88) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam is required 

Application Timeline: 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadline:

Summer Semester: January 24, 2020

International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, visit International Student Services

Program Contact: