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.  

Annmarie Chesebro, Arbor Teacher Residency Director

Dianna Watkins, Associate Director of Admissions at Pacific University

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).

  • ACT Fellowship, additional financial aid and support to candidates from under-represented ethnic, racial and/or cultural backgrounds. See below for more details.


The ACT offers two Fellowship positions for Teacher Resident candidates from under-represented ethnic, racial and/or cultural backgrounds in our small bi-annual cohort.  Beyond the stipend and housing, course books, and mentorship offered to all Teacher Residents, those who are awarded an ACT Fellowship will receive financial aid equaling half the cost of tuition of the MAT program at Pacific University, as well as ongoing support and mentorship throughout two years of graduate study and during the first teaching position held after completing the program.  

Candidates are eligible for the fellowship if they:

  • are accepted to the Arbor Center for Teaching Residency through Pacific University

  • have an ethnic, racial or cultural background under-represented in the teaching profession

  • have a strong liberal arts background and high academic achievement (a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale)

Want to know more about why ACT is offering this Fellowship? Read the statement of purpose or contact us for more information and to learn how to apply for the ACT Fellowship.