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 Urban Scholars may select from the following programs: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Moderate Special Needs.
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 MA will complete their educator preparation program (M.Ed.), receive endorsement, and pass the MTELs required for the subject area/grade level.
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.
When applying please check Donovan in the pull-down menu and indicate your interest in Urban Education and Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars in your personal statement. The deadline for the Donovan program is 1/6.
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.
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 and improving teaching and learning.
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 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 3 years.
In order to apply to the Donovan program, applicants must:
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.