ACESJU Teacher Training Program Joins National Network

University Consortium for Catholic Education accepts SJU’s application for membership

Thursday, February 3, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (February 3, 2011) — The Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU), a two-year graduate education experience with the aim of training quality educators and principals to serve Catholic schools, was recently accepted into The University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE). UCCE is a partnership of university programs joined by this common mission of recruiting and training faith-filled, energetic teachers. ACESJU, which is modeled after The University of Notre Dame’s program, joins 15 other universities in the UCCE and is the first in Pennsylvania.

"Saint Joseph's expertise in education has made a deep impact on regional schools for many years,” said Daniel Joyce, S.J., assistant to the vice president for mission and identity. “By becoming a member of the University Consortium on Catholic Education, this expertise will now be shared via this national network."

UCCE schools must meet requirements in the three pillars of education, spirituality and community, the same pillars ACESJU was built upon. Fellows receive full tuition, no-cost community housing and a stipend, and work toward the completion of course work in a master’s degree in education over two years. In turn, candidates teach at a Catholic elementary school, with the school covering the cost of his or her health benefits. The schools realize a tremendous cost savings in teacher salaries.

Associate Dean of Education Jeanne Brady, Ph.D., and Fr. Joyce worked with the University of Notre Dame and Fox Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania to replicate the ACE model in Philadelphia. SJU’s program is housed in the University’s Faith-Justice Institute. "We are thrilled and honored to join fifteen national university programs, including five other Jesuit institutions, serving under-resourced Catholic and parochial schools in 54 dioceses,” Brady added. “Our aspiration is to prepare the next generation of teachers and leaders who will become advocates for Catholic education across the nation.”

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