UCTC is a two-year post-graduate volunteer teaching program founded on the core values of teaching as ministry, simplicity, community, and spirituality. UCTC members commit to teaching for two years in Boston Catholic schools serving urban students, living in an intentional community, growing in their faith, and completing a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at Boston College's Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
UCTC is committed to the recruitment of a diverse group of participants who reflect the student populations of the schools with which we partner.
The decision to apply to UCTC is a choice to proceed differently than many others with similar experience and education credentials. Participants in UCTC have decided that teaching is more than a job: it is a vocation. Becoming a member of UCTC is a discerned decision to intentionally and actively participate in formation as a Catholic school teacher. Choosing UCTC is to follow a calling to become an exemplary Catholic school teacher while actively ministering for and with urban students.
To learn more about where we serve, visit our Where We Are page. Interested applicants may apply to one or both of our cohort sites.
Note: Applicants to UCTC are eligible for a fee waiver for their application to the Lynch School and are not required to submit GRE scores for their application.
Apply to UCTC through your Lynch School Application - Go to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development application page. Under the “Academic Information” section of the Lynch School application form where it asks, “Are you applying to a specialty program?”, select Urban Catholic Teacher Corps from the drop down menu. The priority deadline for UCTC is December 1st and the final deadline is January 9th. The Lynch School waives the application fee for UCTC applicants. Applicants to UCTC do not need to take the GRE.
Contact your references - It will be to your benefit to contact potential references early and give adequate time to complete a high quality recommendation. You will need recommendations from two individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications, a roommate/housemate, a student teaching supervisor, and a spiritual advisor. The names and contact information of your references are submitted through the "Recommender Registration" tab on the Lynch School application. They will receive an email with instructions and you will be notified in this section of the application once their recommendations have been received.
Sign Up for an Interview - Every candidate who completes their application will be offered an interview. Information regarding scheduling of interviews will be communicated after applicants have successfully applied to and have been accepted by the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
Offer - Candidates of UCTC will be notified of their application status on approximately March 17. At that time candidates are either offered admission to the program (including notification of placement school, community house, and all important program information), offered a place on the waitlist, or not offered a position in the program. After receiving offers of placement, candidates are normally given 72 hours in order to confirm or they will be moved to the waitlist and a candidate on the waitlist is offered a position. Well-qualified candidates who are not able to be offered a position, but are admitted to the Lynch School, are supported in identifying full-time teaching opportunities in the Archdiocese of Boston.
*NOTE: If you do not begin your full-practicum student teaching until the Spring semester, you may send your Supervising Teacher Recommendation Letter no later than February 15. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on sending in your Supervising Teacher Recommendation by the February deadline.
“I certainly credit UCTC for the role it played in guiding my career in Catholic education. On a daily basis, I am reminded of my role as a teacher in UCTC because it lives on in me today. I embraced, and continue to embrace, the opportunity to teach love, which is what has made my past service and current role as a Catholic educator extremely unique. I am forever thankful for the opportunity I had to serve as a member of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps.”