About us

Founded in 1997, UCTC is committed to recruiting a diverse group of participants who reflect the student populations of the schools with which we partner.

UCTC participants 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.


UCTC Benefits


Rigorous teacher preparation program

Through coursework, teaching placement, workshops, reflections, and other opportunities, individuals are continually challenged and supported in their growth as exceptional urban Catholic school educators.

Mentor Support

Members receive teaching support from an assigned, mentor, supervisor, and instructional coach.

Mutual support through community living

In community, participants find a unique support system among a group of individuals experiencing similar challenges and successes.

Individual faith formation opportunities

UCTC offers participants the opportunity for weekly faith sharing, three retreats a year, spiritual direction, pilgrimages, and full engagement in community living simply in community.

Monthly stipend

Participants receive a $600 non-service stipend payment each month over the two years of program participation.

Tuition remission

UCTC covers the cost of the 30 credit hours for the  Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College.


UCTC covers all rent and utilities in the required UCTC community housing.


Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College actively engages in the ministry of teaching in the schools of the Archdiocese of Boston serving urban students, providing academically rigorous and experientially rich, urban/international Catholic teacher preparation based in a uniquely Catholic formative context.

Core Values

  1. Teaching as Ministry - Members minister full-time as teachers in Boston 
Catholic schools serving urban students;
  2. Simple Living - Members commit to an intentional, simple lifestyle inspired by Catholic social teachings;
  3. Community - Participants live together, actively engaging in
 an intentional faith-based living and learning community where faith is actively engaged with, individuals are loved and supported and all experiences and perspectives are shared and respected; and
  4. Spirituality
 - Individual and community spirituality and faith is formed through faith sharing, retreats, prayer, and spiritual direction.

Anne Heller, UCTC Alumna, Cohort 14

In July of 2010 I drove to Boston from West Virginia. As an attempt to assuage homesickness, I repeated a mantra of, “It is only two years...I will be back home with my family in two years.” It took less than two years for Boston to become my home and the UCTC community to become my family. Although UCTC is technically only a two-year program, its positive impact will forever remain with me. Living in a faith-based intentional community provided support and love to cope with the balancing act of grad school and the first two years of teaching. Even though we are spread out in four different states, my C'14 community remains a source of love and support in my life. Teaching in an inner-city Catholic school challenged and strengthened my faith and improved my teaching. I learned from my students and will continue to use those lessons in my future classrooms. I moved from Boston to Chicago last year to create a new home, but carry the pillars [or core values] of UCTC with me. They are present in my friendships, my classroom, my home, and my faith.

Matthew Himes

Matthew Himes, UCTC Alumnus, Cohort 15

"My time in UCTC helped me become a better person.  Not only did I grow professionally as a teacher but I learned what it meant to minister as a teacher and how to help my students to become better versions of themselves. The community helped foster a supportive environment in order to make it through my first years of teaching. The pillars of the program shaped me in Ignatian spirituality, ultimately enriching my faith and my ability to meet students where they are. Through this program, I was able to recognize and reflect often on the impact of my students on my teaching and the various ways I encountered Jesus throughout each day. I would not be the same person I am today without UCTC and without being placed at an incredible school, Saint Columbkille Partnership School. I did not stay in Boston, but I did teach incredible students, work with incredible teachers and staff, and gain incredible friends. Now, as a seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I am very grateful for the continued support I receive from my friends and former students in UCTC and at Saint Columbkille."

Megan DeLaney

Megan Delaney, UCTC Alumna, Cohort 11

"Without ever having been to Boston, I took a leap of faith and accepted a two-year commitment to join the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College. I trusted my heart and I had faith that the program's pillars of teaching as ministry, simple living, spirituality, and community living would support me many miles from home. I certainly found that community of support within UCTC. My time in UCTC shaped me into the teacher who I am today. As a Pre-K teacher in my placement school Mission Grammar, I found an environment which showed me that teaching encompasses giving of your best self each day and being a consistent and positive individual in a student's life. I began to kindly call and refer to my students as "friends" because I learned that a classroom community must be rich in compassion and respect. I also learned that the parents and staff who make up the Catholic school community must have a strong collaborative relationship in order to provide students with the best education.  

Through teaching children in the inner-city Catholic schools of Boston, I realized that I felt drawn towards the mission of Catholic schools, and thus, my connection with UCTC lived on after my years of service were complete. I remained at my placement school for two additional years, and then I was blessed to be a part of another UCTC school, Saint Columbkille Partnership School. Currently, I am teaching in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, and 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!"


If you are a UCTC alum and would like to share your experience of the program, please email your testimonial and a current photo to uctc@bc.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start and end?
For those placed in Boston/Brockton or Lawrence the program begins in June and participants will complete their Master’s degree by the end of June two years later.

What graduate program should I apply for in the Lynch School?
Applicants must apply for, and be accepted to, the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction; please note UCTC as your Special Program.

If I am admitted to the Lynch School and UCTC, how much tuition will be covered by the program?
If you are admitted to the Lynch School and the UCTC program, UCTC covers tuition for your Master's degree (UCTC members are responsible for all University fees, including the confirmation deposit).

Can I apply if I don’t have an undergraduate degree or concentration/minor in education?
Corps members usually have a bachelor’s degree with either a major, minor, or concentration in education, though this is not an absolute (depending on available programs of study at your undergraduate institution). UCTC members MUST have completed a semester of full-time student teaching or a year of supervised teaching and be eligible for initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Mass. in order to qualify for UCTC Boston/Brockton & Lawrence. For more information on eligibility for initial state licensure, visit the Commonwealth of Mass. Department of Education Licensure page. Please note that those seeking to teach theology or religion eligibility for teaching licensure is not required, but evidence of ability and preparation to teach is required. 

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. Upon offer of admission, candidates will be notified of school placement, though not of grade level teaching.

What does “living in intentional community” really mean?
Participants live in the UCTC community residence with the other program members. Living in intentional community means pooling your resources to purchase food and other necessities. UCTC provides internet through BC-secured WiFi. 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 tuition, rent, and utilities will be paid. You will be responsible for personal expenses, including food, personal travel, text books, and car expenses.

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 for deferment. In order to confirm the eligibility of your loans for deferral, please contact your lender. You may also qualify for partial cancellation of Perkins loans depending on where and what you teach.

If I am in UCTC, do I need to have a car?
A car may make the commute to a placement easier; however, the UCTC house is located within a mile of the T, the commuter rail, and a number of bus stops.

What should I do if I have other questions?
Please contact UCTC at 617-552-0602 or uctc@bc.edu

Giving to UCTC

We are always looking for individuals who are able to offer professional or personal support to the members of the program (mentorship, coaching, tips, etc.). If you would like to support the program, let us know by filling out the form linked below.

Support UCTC

If you have questions on how else you might be able to support UCTC, please contact the UCTC director, Charles Cownie, at charles.cownie@bc.edu or at 617-552-0602.

To make a monetary gift to UCTC, please use the Lynch School form linked below. (You will need to select "Urban Catholic Teacher Corps" in the drop down box beneath the "I wish to make a gift to:" heading.)

Lynch School Giving Form

Contact Us


Charles Cownie

Catholic Teacher Formation