The Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU), is an innovative two-year service program that provides recent college graduates the opportunity to serve as full-time teachers and administrators in under-resourced Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Camden while pursuing a master’s degree at either St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University, or Neumann University.

To prepare these highly motivated educators, ACESJU provides an intensive service experience encompassing four programmatic pillars:

  • Education,
  • Community,
  • Spirituality, and
  • Simple Living.

ACESJU is modeled after the University of Notre Dame’s successful Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program and revitalizes quality urban Catholic education by providing a steady infusion of highly-trained educators. In June 2017, the program proudly welcomed its seventh cohort of 17 fellows who represent a diverse and talented group of young adults.

Saint Joseph’s University teaches students to think critically, pursue social justice, and find God in all things. SJU faculty and staff are dedicated to the ongoing development and support of urban educators in this mission. SJU education degrees offer certification in the following:

If you would like to receive ACESJU Updates, which will provide information about the recruiting and application process for our next cohort, please email acesju@sju.edu or call our office at (610) 660-1766.

The Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU) is a member of the University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE). If ACESJU does not meet your specific needs or interests, please consider applying to one of the other UCCE member programs.

Kickoff Mass for ACESJU, 2016