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TEACHER PREPARATION

UTeach UMass Lowell provides students with the education and experience to become highly successful and effective educators. In the STEM Teaching minor you gain valuable skills and teaching experiences that will be essential for teaching in the middle school and high school classrooms. For teacher certification, students complete the STEM Teaching minor, the teaching practicum and a bachelor degree in a STEM field in order to obtain an initial Massachusetts teacher license. Upon successful completion of the UTeach UMass Lowell program students will be work ready and ready to teach!

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

Criminal background checks are required for all UTeach courses and internships that involve students teaching in a K-12 school. UTeach instructors will guide students through the criminal background checks and fingerprinting processes prior to assigning students to the classrooms. Students must undergo and pass criminal background checks for each K-12 school district to which they will be assigned.

STEM TEACHING MINOR

The STEM Teaching minor is open to undergraduates enrolled in a bachelor degree program in one of the following STEM fields:

  • Kennedy College of Sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics
  • Francis College of Engineering: chemical, civil , computer , mechanical or plastics engineering

Declaration of Minor

To declare the minor, students obtain written approval from a UTeach Faculty/Advisor using the Declaration of Minor Form. Prior to declaring the STEM Teaching minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or better, a recommendation for a UTeach instructor and  have completed the following courses:

  1. Introduction to STEM Teaching OR STEP 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Design
  2. Knowing and Learning in Math and Science
  3. Perspectives on Math and Science

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

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INITIAL TEACHER LICENSURE

To prepare for initial teacher licensure, students must take the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) and the teaching practicum.   

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Testing requirements for the teacher education program include a test of communication and literacy skills as well as a test of subject matter knowledge. The tests are designed to ensure that Massachusetts educators can communicate accurately with students, parents/guardians, and other educators and that they are knowledgeable in the subject matter of the license sought. With a teaching license, candidates may be legally employed in Massachusetts public schools.  

The following MTELs must be taken and PASSED prior to placement into the teaching practicum:

  • Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (for Reading and Writing) - we recommend to take by end of sophomore year
  • Subject Matter Knowledge test(s) appropriate to the teaching license(s) sought - we recommend to take by end of junior year.  For further information go to MTEL Licensure Test Requirements 

Teaching Practicum

In order to receive an initial teaching license, teacher candidates must also complete the 6-credit teaching practicum, generally during the final semester of senior year.The practicum can be done post-graduation, but to do so it must be discussed and arranged with UTeach faculty. The practicum requires the candidate to teach in a local secondary school, full-time for a minimum of 12 teaching weeks.  For further information, refer to the Admission and Retention Policies for the STEM Teaching Minor (pdf)

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