ACT Teacher Residents attend Pacific courses delivered at Arbor School and at Pacific University's Forest Grove campus. This coursework spans requirements established by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and Pacific University, focusing on such areas as child development, assessment, social justice, educational linguistics for ESOL, science and place-based education. Strong emphasis on literacy and reading underpins Teacher Residents' preparation for work with young children from many backgrounds and cultures. 


We seek people from diverse backgrounds who are innovative and perseverant workers, rigorous and inquiring thinkers, and reliable and worthy role models for children.  Applicants should be deeply interested in teaching and engage collaboratively with other adults and children.  Prior to admission, applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  The Arbor Center for Teaching is an equal-opportunity employer.


We encourage you to contact us for more information and to schedule a visit.  

Arbor Teacher Residency Director: Annmarie Chesebro: ph: 503-638-6399

Associate Director of Admissions at Pacific University: Dianna Watkins: ph: 503-352-1435

Application Process

September 1, 2019: Applications open. Candidates apply to the Arbor cohort through Pacific University. No fee for Arbor candidates.

March 15, 2020: Preferred deadline. Applications received by this date will have priority status.

April 20, 2020:  Final deadline for application to the 2020-2022 cohort.

August 24, 2020: Program start date for 2020-2022 cohort.

Tuition and Financial Support

  • Current tuition to Pacific is $730 per credit for the 41 credit MAT.

  • Financial aid and scholarships are available through Pacific.

  • Arbor offers a monthly stipend.

  • Summer employment opportunities at Arbor School.

  • On-campus housing available (rent-free, $75/month for utilities).