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Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program

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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
  • 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 school for both their pre- practicum and practicum experiences.

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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 worked 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.

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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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To apply to the Donovan program, you 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 acccepted 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).

For application and financial aid information please visit the Lynch School of Education Graduate Admisisons page.

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The Donovan cohort works with faculty who have extensive experience in social justice education, multicultural education, transformative leadership development, and who promote culturally responsive teaching across the K-12 curriculum.

Faculty include but not limited to: 


Joe-Joe McManus
Adjunct Faculty
Courses: Social Context of Education
Executive Director of Rootstrong
Ph.D., Florida A&M University

Rick Cass
Adjunct Faculty
Courses: Instruction of Students with Special Needs and Diverse Learners 
Learning Center Specialist at the Michael Driscoll School
Brookline, MA
Ph.D., Boston College

Leigh Patel
Associate Professor of Lynch School of Education 
Courses: Literacy Pedagogy and Assessment
Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction Full Faculty List

The next cohort of Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars will begin in June 2017.

Donovan - SEUS (Science Educators for Urban School) ONLY -  Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Donovan Application Deadline (for all other programs of study) - January 4, 2017