program overview of uteach

UTeach-Overview UTeach is an undergraduate teacher preparatory program designed to give Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors the opportunity to prepare for a career in teaching. The exploratory courses STEP 1 and STEP 2 (or Intro to Inquiry-based STEM Teaching) are prerequisites to the STEM Teaching Minor, which includes core education courses and specialized content courses. Additional math courses are required only of Computer Science and Math undergraduates for math teacher certification. 

For teacher licensure, student must also pass the required MTEL examinations and the teaching practicum (generally last semester of their senior year) before applying for the initial teaching license. 

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course sequence of UTEACH STEM Teaching Minor and teacher certification

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

EXPLORATORY COURSES (prerequisites to the minor; do not count toward minor)

  • STEP 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching, Credits: 1, Semester: Fall, Spring
  • STEP 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design, Credits: 1, Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Intro to Inquiry-based STEM Teaching, Credits: 3, Semester: Fall (only for incoming Juniors )


  • *Knowing & Learning in Math & Science, Credits: 3, Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • *Perspectives on Mathematics & Science, Credits: 3, Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Classroom Interactions and Equity, Credits: 3, Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Project-Based Instruction, Credits: 3, Semester: Fall
  • Research Methods for STEM Inquiries, Credits: 3, Semester: Spring
  • Teaching English Language Learners, Credits: 3, Semester: Fall, Spring (senior year)

*These courses are Common Core approved.

Additional coursework required of math and computer science undergraduates, to prepare for teaching practicum

  • Functions & Modeling, Credits: 3, Semester: Fall
  • Geometry, Credits: 3, Semester: Fall

TEACHING PRACTICUM (required for teaching certification)  

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