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The essence of the UW Accelerated Certification for Teachers (U-ACT) program approach to teacher development is a focus on learning in the context of direct and daily practice. The program is designed to support candidates who are teachers-of-record in schools in WA. Our coursework grounds teachers’ learning in the context of the school community as well as the realities of daily teaching practice.

Our ultimate goal in U-ACT is to ensure that you begin your teaching career with a strong foundation of what ambitious equitable teaching means and looks like. Ambitious teaching includes developing skilled ways of drawing out and responding to all students in a classroom setting so that they learn worthwhile content and view themselves as competent sensemakers. Ambitious teachers are committed to children, embrace content areas as important tools through which to understand the world, and seek opportunities to continually grow and build their knowledge of children and teaching.

The U-ACT Program is an alternative route 4 program, so that means that teacher candidates enrolled in it are full-time teachers-of-record (if hired by a public school district, then teaching with a "conditional" certificate). While we have only been able to accept Teach for America teachers in past years, we have now expanded the U-ACT Program to partner directly with school districts to support teachers who aren't also involved with Teach for America.  So to be eligible for the U-ACT Program, an individual needs to be hired in a full-time teaching position. The U-ACT Program partners directly with TFA and 2 additional districts.  Teachers who aren't affiliated with these organizations can apply to the U-ACT Program, however, there are limited numbers of open positions in the program for teachers who aren't affiliated with one of these direct partnerships.

For more information about the U-ACT Program, be sure to download the application checklist, attend an upcoming information session or visit the Details & Logistics page.

Ready to apply?  The U-ACT application can be started here.