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STEM Teaching Minor and Practicum

program overview

UTeach UMass Lowell is an undergraduate teacher preparatory program for S.T.E.M. majors to investigate and prepare for a career in teaching math or science in middle school and high school.

The Program Overview (pdf) includes all the courses required for teacher certification: exploratory courses, core education courses, specialized content courses, and additional math courses (only or math teacher licensure).

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs) are prerequisites to the teaching practicum and are required for an initial teaching license. Further information can be found in the UTeach Student Handbook (pdf).

UTEACH STEM Teaching Minor and teacher certification courses


  • Introduction to STEM Teaching, Semester: Fall, Spring  (prerequisite to the minor)


  • Knowing and Learning in Math & Science, Semester: Spring (freshman or sophomore year)*
  • Perspectives on Mathematics & Science, Semester: Spring (freshman or sophomore year)*
  • Research Methods for STEM Inquiries, Semester: Fall (sophomore or junior year)
  • Teaching Emergent Bilingual Students, Semester: Fall (junior year)
  • Classroom Interactions and Equity, Semester: Spring (junior year)
  • Project-Based Instruction, Semester: Fall (senior year)

*Course fulfills Core Curriculum requirement.

Additional coursework requirements for math and computer science majors only:

  • Functions and Modeling, Semester: Fall (sophomore or junior year)
  • Geometry (for Teachers), Semester: Fall (sophomore or junior year)

TEACHING PRACTICUM (requirement for teaching certification)

  • Practicum, Credits: 6, Semester: Fall, Spring (senior years)

For the latest information on course listings and degree pathways, please visit the UMass Lowell Academic Catalog.