How To Get Started

Science, math and engineering undergraduates begin by taking the UTeach exploratory courses:

  • STEP 1 – Inquiry Approaches to Teaching, Credit: 1 (freshmen and sophomores)
  • STEP 2 – Inquiry-Based Lesson Design, Credit: 1, Semester: Fall, Spring (freshmen and sophomores)
  • Intro to Inquiry-based STEM Teaching, Credits: 3, Semester: Spring (only for incoming Juniors in place of STEP 1 & STEP 2)

STEP 1 and STEP 2 are offered each semester and taken sequentially, one per semester.

These initial courses allows students to explore teaching and decide if it’s a possible career path, prior to making a commitment to the STEM Teaching Minor. The coursework includes a weekly seminar, classroom observations, lesson planning, and student teaching in a classroom.

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