Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars

The Charles F. Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars program is an intensive one-year Masters in Education, M.Ed., program leading to teacher licensure, that seeks to prepare K-12 teachers to work effectively with students and families in urban schools throughout the country. Programs of Study include:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education (multiple subjects)
  • Reading and Literacy
  • Special Needs Education

The Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program builds on specific programs of study with interactive urban education seminars, critical inquiry research, social justice education, and community building that is responsive to the academic and socio-cultural needs of urban youth and their families.

Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars are placed in an urban Boston area school for both their pre-practicum and full practicum experiences.

Each year the program recruits nationally for a diverse cohort of up to 30 graduate students, many of whom were educated in urban schools themselves, and aspire to give back to their communities in constructive and life long ways. Some have experience in Upward Bound, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, City Year, or comparable programs.

For the majority of applicants, the Donovan program is their initial step into urban teaching. Some have prior teaching experience, or hold certification in elementary or secondary education, and want to add certification in new subject areas. Other students are in the process of career change, but all are dedicated to preparing themselves to work as teachers in urban schools.

Admissions Deadlines
SEUS-Eligible Programs Only: December 1
Regular Decision: January 10

Informational Webinar
November 19
4:30pm EST
Registration is now closed; please email donopgrm@bc.edu for more info.

On-site Informational
December 5
5:30pm EST
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All Donovan Scholars recieve 50% tuition remission. In addition, the Lynch School of Education Graduate Admissions office and Urban Outreach Initiatives work with each Donovan Scholar to create a generous financial package that may include additional grants, scholarships and internships.

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Deadlines

SEUS-Eligible Programs Only
December 1
Regular Decision
January 10

Application Form

In order to apply to the Donovan program, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a prior commitment to meeting the needs of children and families in urban areas
  • Submit an application to the Lynch School of Education, and be accepted into a M.Ed. of Education program in early childhood, elementary, secondary, reading and literacy, or special needs education. (Please check Donovan in the pull-down menu. Indicate your interest in Urban Education and Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars in your personal statement).

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form

 

Resume

To be uploaded to your online Application Form

 

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, your interest and relevant experience in Urban Education, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations. 

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form

Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.  

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

For FedEx or UPS shipments, please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

An unofficial score report may be uploaded to your online Application Form; however, an official score report – sent directly from ETS – must also be submitted by the application deadline.

  • This program requires all applicants to have taken the GRE in a maximum of 5 years prior to application being submitted, regardless of previous academic coursework, previous degrees/credentials earned, and/or professional experience. No exceptions will be made.

  • The MAT may also be substituted for the GRE.

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit https://www.ets.org/gre.

Lynch School of Education GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

Not required.

Department Information

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Contact Donovan Program

  donopgrm@bc.edu
  617-552-0695

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  617-552-4214
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