The Lynch School of Education and Human Development (LSEHD) and the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) have recently received university approval for a new dual degree program. The new dual degree will be available to individuals pursuing their masters of education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction while enrolled in the fully funded Urban Catholic Teacher Corps program (UCTC). UCTC program members will, after the completion of their first year in the program, qualify for the dual degree, and can then apply to the Masters of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M.). Students can also start at STM and apply to UCTC during their first year of studies.
This program will allow for student formation in theology and ministry while also pursuing a graduate degree in education within a three-year track. Over the years, the UCTC program, which began in 1997, has developed focused coursework in education and later added courses focused on Catholic education. Historically, students in UCTC have never been able to focus their studies in the areas of theology and ministry. “This dual degree program will empower Catholic school teachers in urban contexts to better navigate the relationship between faith and culture, which is at the core of Boston College’s strategic plan, Ever to Excel” said Dr. Charles Cownie, the director of the UCTC program. “By adding and integrating spiritual, pastoral, and theological formation into the education of teachers in urban Catholic schools, the UCTC program increases ‘the University’s presence and impact in the community.”
STM Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jennifer Bader, adds that “The dual M.A.T.M./M.Ed. will serve the mission of the School of Theology and Ministry by preparing students for ‘service rooted in faith--in increasingly multicultural contexts.’ Such a program will further STM’s strategic direction to form lay men and women spiritually and intellectually as well as expand the STM’s reach ‘to engage and encounter individuals and communities around us’ (Pursuing the Magis), especially students and families served by urban Catholic schools.”
This unique dual degree program provides an opportunity for graduate students to grow as faith-filled leaders in Catholic education, well-prepared for both quality instruction and integrated faith formation. Concurrently, this dual degree will support our partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic schools by continuing to build the capacity of educators in their buildings and supporting teacher retention. This new opportunity will focus on preparing Catholic educators who will continue to support the future of our Church through the excellent formation of youth.