Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars

Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars

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. 

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.

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. For the majority of applicants, the Donovan program is their initial step into urban teaching. Some have prior teaching experience, or hold a license in elementary or secondary education and want to add a license 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.

Donovan Recruitment Fair

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How to Apply

On-site Information Session

We will be holding an on-site information session on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm EST.

Please register to confirm your attendance.

5th Year Students Information Session

We will be holding an on-site information sessions for 5th year students on December 5th at 6:30pm EST.

Please register to confirm your attendance.

Donovan Webinar

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:00pm EST. 

Please register to confirm your attendance.

All Donovan Scholars receive 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.

Application Information




SEUS-Eligible Programs Only
December 1
Regular Decision

Application Form

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 be accepted 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).

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form



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, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.


Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, your interest and relevant experience in Urban Education, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations. 

Letters of Recommendation

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.  


Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

An unofficial score report may be uploaded to your online Application Form; however, an official score report – sent directly from ETS – must also be submitted by the application deadline.

  • This program requires all applicants to have taken the GRE in a maximum of 5 years prior to application being submitted, regardless of previous academic coursework, previous degrees/credentials earned, and/or professional experience. No exceptions will be made.

  • The MAT may also be substituted for the GRE.

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit

Lynch School of Education GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

Not required.

Department Information


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