Academy for Classical Teachers

Join your fellow teachers in an intimate setting to explore the tradition of classical liberal arts education and study under expert scholars and practitioners.

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About the Academy

The Academy for Classical Teachers (ACT) provides summer professional development classes, seminars, and workshops for public and private school teachers who seek to teach in their classrooms according to the principles of a traditional Liberal Arts Education.

ACT is a collaborative initiative of Great Hearts K-12 classical charter schools and the Institute for Classical Education along with partners in institutions of higher education.  This year’s partners include the following: the University of Dallas, Arizona State University and the Templeton Honors College.  

ACT offers week-long workshops on the tradition of liberal education led as well as in-depth three-week courses designed to help teachers dive deeply into content, with an eye toward both theory and practice. Faculty are drawn from our partners in higher education, expert teachers, and scholars who have chosen to teach within the public K-12 arena because of the unique opportunities it affords.

If you are a certified teacher, course hours may be applicable toward required professional development clock hours for recertification.  The three-week courses are eligible to receive credit toward a Master’s degree through the University of Dallas, but may also be taken as an unofficial audit.  A select number of substantial scholarships are available for those who wish to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Dallas via ACT.

Click Here to View the Catalog and Click Here to Register
Note: Great Hearts teachers should follow directions on the Faculty Resources Website

Details & Registration

What: The 2019 Academy for Classical Teachers

When: July 8-26, 2019

Where: Veritas Preparatory Academy, 3102 N 56th St #100, Phoenix, AZ 85018

How to Register: Click Here to View the Catalog and Click Here Register
Note: Great Hearts teachers should follow directions on the Faculty Resources Website

For further questions, please email Francis Fast at

Featured Faculty

These scholars have been selected as Fellows of the Institute for Classical Education for 2019.  Their courses for the Academy for Classical Teachers are based in their areas of research for the Institute.

Robert Jackson, Ph.D
Chief Academic Officer
Great Hearts America
Founding Director, Institute for Classical Education


Matthew Post, Ph.D
Assistant Dean
Braniff Graduate School
University of Dallas


Adam Seagrave, Ph.D
Associate Director
School for Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Arizona State University


Brian Williams, D.Phil
Templeton Honors College
Eastern University


Course Schedule & Cost

Participants are responsible for their own housing arrangements.


University Credit

Our three week, university-level courses can be taken as 3-credit classes through the University of Dallas as a part of its Master of Arts in Classical Education.  A select number of substantial scholarships are available for teachers pursuing a degree at UD via ACT. Those interested in participating as graduate students should apply to the university before June 1.

Application for admission to the Classical Education Graduate Program requires:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A $50 non-refundable application fee (paid online)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender to the Braniff Graduate School)
  4. A statement of purpose (max. 750 words)
  5. An intellectual autobiography (max. 750 words)
  6. A sample of academic writing (max. 6,000 words)
  7. Official transcripts sent directly to the Braniff Graduate Office from each college or university attended by the applicant (even if no credit or degree was earned)

Possession of a bachelor’s degree is prerequisite to matriculating.

For more information on graduate credit, please contact