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UTeach Overview

UTeach is an undergraduate teacher preparatory program designed to give science, mathematics and engineering (STEM) majors the opportunity to investigate and prepare for careers in teaching math or science in middle school and high school. The UTeach Program Overview includes exploratory courses, core education courses and specialized content courses. Additional math courses are required only for math teacher certification. MTEL examinations and the teaching practicum are required to prepare for an initial MA teaching license.

How To Get Started

  1. Begin UTeach by taking the exploratory course Introduction to STEM Teaching. This prerequisite course to the STEM Teaching minor allows students to explore teaching as a possible career path, prior to making a commitment to the STEM Teaching Minor. The coursework includes weekly seminars, classroom observations, lesson planning, and pre-service teaching in a middle school classroom. All students must undergo and pass criminal background checks for each K-12 school district in which they will be student teaching. The instructor will guide students through the criminal background check and fingerprinting processes prior to assigning students to the classrooms. 
  2. Continue by sequentially taking Knowing and Learning in Math and Science (SS) and Perspectives on Math and Science (AH) which are the first two courses to the STEM Teaching minor. These courses also fulfill core curriculum requirements. 
  3. After successful completion of all three courses, students with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 may declare the minor and proceed to the next course. For the latest course information please visit UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog
For more information on the STEM Teaching minor and Teacher Licensure please visit UTeach Requirements.