Requirements for the STEM Teaching Minor

Acceptance into UTeach STEM Teaching Minor

To be accepted into the STEM Teaching Minor, math, science and engineering undergraduates must: 

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.7 or better.
  • Complete Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching and Step 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Design with a grade of B- or better.
  • Submit to the UTeach office a formal application to declare the STEM Teaching minor.

For all UTeach courses that require student teaching in an elementary, middle school or high school classroom, students must undergo and pass CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background checks for each K-12 school district in which they will be working.

STEM Teaching Minor

To earn the STEM Teaching Minor, undergraduates must successfully complete the required 18 credits of UTeach coursework. For math teacher certification, math and computer science undergraduates must also successfully complete Functions and Modeling and Geometry. Several of these UTeach courses also serve as Gen Ed or free electives course requirements. You do not receive a teaching license just by completing the minor; you must also complete a practicum and pass two MTEL examinations.

For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.


In order to receive your teaching license you must complete the 6-credit teaching practicum generally during the final semester of senior year. The practicum can be done post-graduation, but to do so it must be discussed and arranged with UTeach faculty. The practicum requires you to be in a local secondary school, full-time for a minimum of 12 teaching weeks.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

To prepare for teacher licensure, all students are required to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL); this is in addition to earning a bachelor degree in a STEM field along with the STEM Teaching Minor.  Students must receive passing scores on the following MTEL tests:

  • The Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (for Reading and Writing)  AND
  • The subject matter knowledge test(s) appropriate to the teaching license sought.  

We recommend that UTeach students take these tests at the end of sophomore year or during junior year. All required MTEL tests must be completed and passed prior to enrollment in the teaching practicum.