There is a critical need for highly-qualified science and math teachers, and the need is growing over the next decade. UTeach UMass Lowell allows science and engineering undergraduates to earn a STEM Teaching Minor along with their bachelor’s degree, and obtain a Massachusetts Initial License to teach science, technology/engineering or mathematics in middle school or high school.
Many UTeach students will be offered well-paid teaching and curriculum development internships, which will not only provide them valuable professional experience, but also help defer the cost of their education. Also, students who have declared the STEM teaching minor (after successfully completing Step 2) will be eligible for UTeach scholarships.
Most undergraduate students complete the STEM Teaching Minor without extending their graduation date, if they start as freshmen or sophomores. However, students who enter the program in their junior year will very likely have to extend graduation by at least one semester in order to complete the teaching practicum.