Frequently Asked Questions
the urban catholic teacher corps of boston college and the archdiocese of boston
When does the program start and end?
Volunteers begin the program in June and will complete the Master’s degree by the first week in August two years later.
What program should I apply for in the Lynch School?
For a list of programs availabe to UCTC teachers, please see the Master's Program Options page.
If I am admitted to the Lynch School and the UCTC, how much tuition will be covered by the program?
If you are admitted to both the UCTC and the Lynch School, the UCTC will cover tuition for your Master's degree (UCTC members are responsible for all University fees).
Can I apply if I don’t have an undergraduate degree or concentration/minor in education?
Corps members must have a bachelor’s degree with either a major, minor, or concentration in education. UCTC members must have completed a semester of full-time student teaching or a year of supervised teaching and be eligible for initial MA State Licensure in order to qualify to be a part of the UCTC. For more information on eligibilty for initial state licensure, visit the MA State Licensure Page.
Where will I teach? Can I choose where and what I will teach?
UCTC participants teach in schools throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. UCTC teachers work in Pre-K through 12th grade. Elementary teachers indicate on the application their top three grade-level choices and we do our best to match these requests. UCTC volunteers do not get to give preference or select a school to teach in, but we do our best to let accepted applicants know their school placement when they receive a program offer, although between your offer and the start of school, placement may change.
What does “living in intentional community” really mean?
Participants live in the UCTC community residence with the other program members and each member has his or her own bedroom.
Living in intentional community means pooling your resources to purchase food and other necessities. The UCTC provides internet service. Dinner is eaten together as a community on Monday through Thursday nights and the community gathers weekly for faith sharing. The community makes a commitment to spend some free time together.
What will I get paid? For what expenses will I be responsible?
You will receive a modest living stipend from the program. Your rent and utilities will be paid. You will be responsible for personal expenses including food, personal travel, text books, and car expenses (most of our placements require a vehicle).
If I have student loans from the past, can I get them deferred or forgiven by the UCTC?
Federal loans (Stafford and Perkins) may be deferred because you are a graduate student. Any private loans you have may or may not be eligible. In order to find out if your private loans are eligible, please contact your lendor. You may also qualify for partial cancellation of Perkins loans depending on where and what you teach.
If I am in the UCTC, do I need to have a car?
The large majority of our UCTC placements do require a car as the UCTC residence is not conveniently off of public transportation.
What should I do if I have other questions?
Please contact UCTC Director, Charlie Cownie, at 617-552-0602 or email@example.com.