All the work PACT teachers do is founded on three pillars: Spirituality, Community, and Teaching & Learning. The major components of the program are:
Teaching in PreK-12 Catholic Schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
PACT members commit to two years of service as full-time teachers in their own classrooms, employed by Catholic schools in the (Arch)Dioceses of Providence, Fall River, Boston, and Worcester. They receive support from their schools, as well as from the PACT team through regular observation and feedback.
PACT teachers serve in Pre-K through 12th grade and teach across subject areas. Content areas at the secondary level include:
- Sciences (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- World Languages
Content area qualification is based on undergraduate studies.
Tuition-Free Master’s Degree
PACT teachers are full-time graduate students at Providence College, working towards a master’s degree in one of several tracks through two summers on campus and other coursework during the academic year.
Qualified applicants without an education background can apply for the M.Ed in Secondary education with option for Rhode Island initial certification. Applicants with a background in education can apply to:
- M.Ed. in Secondary Education*
- M.Ed. in Literacy*
- M.Ed. in School Administration*
- M.A. in History
- M.A. in Teaching Mathematics
*These degree tracks include the option for Rhode Island certification.
Intentional Christian Community
PACT teachers commit to two years of shared life in intentional Christian community with other PACT teachers. They share meals and prayer, along with the triumphs and challenges of teaching. The larger PACT community also gathers for prayer, learning, and reflection.
Shared Catholic and Dominican Spirituality
PACT is rooted in a Catholic worldview and a Dominican spirituality. We welcome those of all faith backgrounds who are excited to share in the formative mission of Catholic schools in the context of Catholic community.
The PACT experience is unified by a comprehensive system of supports that form teachers as whole persons. PACT teachers’ ministry is sustained by a shared spiritual life, community living, professional support from their schools and the PACT team, and ongoing and integrated professional formation through coursework and formative supervision and coaching from the PACT team.
- Summer 1: Teachers report to Providence College at the end of May for program orientation and opening retreat. They then spend one week in their placement schools for orientation and observation, followed by seven weeks of intensive master’s coursework. Formal summer programming concludes at the end of July. Teachers typically move into their PACT community houses in August and report to their schools for new teacher orientations as directed, usually within a week of Labor Day at the latest.
- School Year 1: As full-time professional Catholic educators, PACT teachers serve their students and school communities. In addition, they continue their master’s degree studies, including returning to campus for community, spirituality, and class events as required by their degree track.
- Summer 2: Teaching concludes in early or mid-June, and PACT teachers return to campus at the end of June for 5 weeks of intensive coursework.
- School Year 2: Teachers continue their service and learning in their ministry as professional educators with time on campus as required by their particular degree track.