As part of an intensive one-year M.Ed. program that leads to licensure, Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars learn how to flourish as K–12 teachers in urban schools through a curriculum that prioritizes critical inquiry, social justice education, and community building.
Donovan scholars select the desired program from the list below which correlates with a state license. You may choose any state to become licensed in and will complete the appropriate assessment(s). For example, a person seeking a teacher license in Massachusetts will complete their educator preparation program (M.Ed.), receive endorsement, and pass the MTELs required for the subject area/grade level.
Students can select one of three secondary education degree programs: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T), and Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T)Learn More
Donovan Scholars participate in cohort-centered courses and professional development courses. In addition, scholars in our cohorts are provided opportunities to leverage the dense bonding and diverse bridging relationships that are built into their Practicum experiences to grow as teachers and educators. Ultimately, our graduates go on to enjoy rewarding positions in urban education settings around the world.
Driven by the philosophy that educator diversity within urban schools should reflect the diverse population of students they serve, the program commits to recruiting aspiring educators of color. Each year the program rwelcomes 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 lifelong ways.
Donovan Scholars are committed to pre- or full- practicum (student teaching) in our partner urban schools in mini-cohorts with our Donovan alumni. Additionally, the program has the capacity to adapt practicum requirements, if you are working as a teacher or teaching assistant in the local area.
The Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program builds on specific programs of study and intergrates interactive year-long shared inquiry seminars, classroom-based research, exploration of the relationships beteween theory and practice, and co-construction of critical perspectives about teaching, learning, and schooling.
Strong alumni mentoring and induction opportunities are provided for Donovan Scholars post graduation.
All Donovan Scholars receive 50% tuition remission. In addition, the Lynch School of Education and Human Development Graduate Admissions Office and Urban Outreach Initiatives works with each Donovan Scholar to create a generous financial package that may include additional grants, scholarships and internships. Applicants should complete the FAFSA process. Upon graduation, Donovan Scholars commit to teach in urban schools (Catholic, charter, or public) for at least three years.
“In many ways, my work is a continuation of what I started as a Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar at BC. That program prepares educators to teach in urban classrooms in Boston. Over the years, it has been an important pipeline for developing equity-minded and social-justice-minded educators who teach to the whole student. Four of my former students have gone through the program and are now teachers themselves. To be able to see them in classrooms is just a really rewarding thing.”
In order to apply to the Donovan program, applicants 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 Human Development, and be accepted into a M.Ed. of Education program in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or moderate 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).
At this time, Donovan Scholars are not able to participate in dual-licensure programs because the amount of required credits exceeds the length of the one-year program.
A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the Application Fee Waiver criteria below.
Upon graduation, Donovan Scholars commit to teach in urban schools (Catholic, charter or public) for at least 3 years.
To be uploaded to your online application form.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, and language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.
To be uploaded to your online application form.
In 1,000 - 1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.
The intention of your personal statement is to describe your academic and professional goals as well as any experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills as you describe your future plans, expectations, and aspirations. A personal statement is required of applicants to all graduate programs and should be approximately 1,000-1,500 words, double-spaced.
Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online application form.
Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice.
Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process.
If you are admitted and enroll, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration.
To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:
If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:
Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to email@example.com from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure it is received by our office.
Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:
Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Given the circumstances of COVID-19, does Donovan still require the GRE as part of the application process?
No, the GRE is not required for Donovan or other Teacher Education programs this academic year.
Will Donovan offer info sessions or webinars? Will they be held in person or virtual?
To be announced.
Can I meet with anyone to understand more about Donovan as I work through my application?
Of course! Please email us at email@example.com.
Do I have to be admitted to both the Lynch School and Donovan to be in the Donovan program?
Yes, in order to be a part of the Donovan program you must be admitted to both the Lynch School as well as the Donovan Program. However, you can be admitted into the Lynch School and continue your program of study but not as a Donovan.
How many people are typically admitted into Donovan per year?
Typically, around 30 Donovan students are admitted per year.
When is the application due?
The application is due January 6, 2021.
How does the program distribute financial aid?
All Donovan Scholars receive 50% tuition remission. In addition, the Lynch School's Graduate Admissions Office and Urban Outreach Initiatives works with each Donovan Scholar to create a generous financial package that may include additional grants, scholarships and internships. Applicants should complete the FAFSA process.
When does the program start? How long does the program take?
The program begins in June and goes through a calendar year. Thus, Donovan will start in the summer and conclude at the end following summer. Donovan Scholars will still be able to walk in the May graduation.