Requirements for the STEM Teaching Minor

The STEM Teaching minor is open to undergraduate students who are are preparing for a career as a math or science high school teacher. Undergraduate students must be currently enrolled in a bachelor degree program in one of the following STEM fields:

  • College of Sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics.
  • College of Engineering: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering or plastic engineering

For all UTeach courses that require student teaching in an elementary, middle school or high school classroom, students must also undergo and pass Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background checks for each K-12 school district in which they will be working.

Declaring the STEM Teaching Minor

The STEM Teaching minor consists of 18 credits of coursework. For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

To declare the STEM Teaching Minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 (or better) and have:

  • completed the prerequisite courses with a B- (or better): UTCH.1010 STEP 1 and UTCH.1020 STEP 2 or Intro to Inquiry-based STEM Teaching
  • completed UTCH.2010 Knowing and Learning
  • written approval from their UTeach program adviser

Preparation FOR Initial Teacher Licensure

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Students who are preparing for an initial teaching license are required to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure. We recommend students to take these tests at the end of sophomore year or during junior year. The following MTELs must be PASSED prior to enrollment in the teaching practicum:

  • Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (for Reading and Writing) (end of sophomore year)
  • Subject Matter Knowledge test(s) appropriate to the teaching license(s) sought. (during junior year)

Teaching Practicum

In order to receive an initial teaching license candidates must 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 complete information, refer to the Admission and Retention Policies for the STEM Teaching Minor (pdf).