Site Home> Program Overview

Program Overview

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:

  • English
  • History
  • Math
  • Sciences (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • World Languages
  • Theology

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. 

Degree Tracks & Qualification

PACT teachers live and work in community, and participate in a set core experiences and courses. Academically, students study in a variety of master’s degree programs. The academic programs available to you depend on your undergraduate background. Applicants are welcome to indicate interest in multiple tracks.

Will you be qualified for state teacher certification when you begin PACT (June 2023)?


  • M.Ed. in Literacy
  • M.Ed. in Urban Teaching
  • MA in Teaching Mathematics
  • MA in History

with sufficient background coursework


  • M.Ed. in Secondary Education

With a major or minor in a secondary subject area: English, Math, History, Science, Theology

Master of Education in Secondary Education (with eligibility for R.I. state certification)

This degree is designed for those who are new to education. Those who complete this track are eligible for Rhode Island state teacher certification. The Secondary M.Ed. is also open to those who have an undergraduate Education degree and are already qualified for state certification.

To qualify for the Secondary M.Ed., you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree by June 1, 2023.
  • At least 30 credits in a discipline corresponding to middle and high school content areas:
    • Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
    • English
    • Social Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Theology
  • At least a 3.0 GPA in your major and at least a 2.75 GPA overall

If you are unsure if you have sufficient appropriate coursework, please contact the PACT office. We can review your transcript and discuss your eligibility.

Other M.Ed. and MA degree options

Graduates in Education majors who have obtained state certification, or can present proof of eligibility upon graduation, can apply to a range of degree tracks. Options include:

PACT teachers in these academic programs join those in the PACT Secondary M.Ed. in community life, shared spirituality, and a small number of key classes while doing most of their coursework with the wider Providence College graduate community (often other full-time teachers in area Catholic and public schools). Details of these academic programs are available on the respective websites, linked above.

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.

Holistic Support

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.

Program Timeline

  • 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.