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UTeach-Overview 2018

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.

How To Get Started

  1. Begin with the exploratory course Introduction to STEM Teaching. This prerequisite course to the STEM Teaching minor allows you to explore teaching as a possible career path. 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 the K-12 school district in which they will be assigned. The instructor will guide students through the criminal background check and fingerprinting processes prior to assigning students to the classrooms.
  2. Continue to explore the STEM Teaching minor by taking Knowing and Learning in Math and Science (SS) followed by Perspectives on Math and Science (AH). These first two courses to the STEM Teaching minor also fulfill core curriculum requirements.
  3. After completion of all three courses, students with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 or better may declare the STEM Teaching minor and proceed to the next course in the sequence. For the latest course information visit UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

Please visit UTeach Requirements for further information on the STEM Teaching Minor and Teacher Licensure.