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Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) is an innovative program that creates pathways for outstanding individuals to teach in K-12 Catholic schools, while earning an M.A. in Teaching and fulfilling the requirements for a California teaching credential. The program is a partnership between Santa Clara University (SCU), the Diocese of San Jose (DSJ), and the Sobrato Family Foundation.


 ExCEL's Four Pillars of Success

The Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Program is a three-year program that begins in June. Each ExCEL teacher is assigned a Mentor Teacher and an Instructional Coach while teaching in their own K – 12th grade classroom in the Diocese of San Jose. Upon completion of all certification requirements, ExCEL teachers will be eligible for a California Multiple Subjects or Single Subject Teaching Credential while having earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Santa Clara University’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology.

Participants create community in their classrooms and live in community with their teaching peers. In keeping with the values of Santa Clara University, Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) teachers live simply and practice sustainability in their care for God, Creation, Others, Community, and Self. ExCEL seeks individuals who desire a strong community experience and are willing to work towards personal and professional growth in partnership with their peers. Participants live in Santa Clara University Graduate Student Housing and support each other as they undertake their classroom teaching assignments.

Drawing on the Jesuit tradition of balancing lives of contemplation and action,Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) teachers are expected to proactively attend to their spiritual lives through both formal and informal practices. Events are available through the Jesuit School of Theology, the Ignatian Center and the Bannan Institute at Santa Clara University. Activities to promote spiritual growth and development include retreats, conferences, workshops and seminars.

Santa Clara University added Technology in Education as a fourth pillar to utilize the rich resources of Silicon Valley in preparing highly qualified Catholic school teachers for the future. All Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) teachers are trained to incorporate Blended Learning Technology and other Silicon Valley best practices into their teaching. Teachers receive a certificate from the Academy of Blended Learning and work toward becoming Distinguished Apple Educators. Beginning in the second year of the program, the School of Engineering can provide access to STEM and Robotics training for ExCEL teachers.




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Please follow the process below to apply for ExCEL.

"All ExCEL Applicants will be required to select Summer 2018 Quarter for eligibility"

1. Please email Dr. John Beltramo, Director of Catholic Education Partnerships, to indicate your interest in the ExCEL Program ( or call 408-551-3525).

2. Complete and submit the MATTC Online Application Form.

3. Complete and submit an additional Statement of Purpose to

The Statement of Purpose must include:

  • Why you want to be considered for the ExCEL Program
  • Why you want to be a Catholic school teacher
  • Describe your vision of “living in community” with your teaching peers
  • Describe the impact of catholic education, your commitment to social justice and care for our common home