Requirements for the STEM Teaching Minor

The STEM Teaching minor is open to current undergraduates who are majoring in math, science or engineering and are considering a career as a math or science high school teacher. 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.

To earn the STEM Teaching Minor, undergraduates must successfully complete the required 18 credits of UTeach coursework.  For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

Declaring the STEM Teaching Minor

It is recommend that students declare the minor no sooner than junior year. Prior to declaring the STEM Teaching Minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or better and have completed the following UTeach courses:

  • STEP 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching and STEP 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Design (freshman and sophomore)
  • Intro to Inquiry-based STEM Teaching,(for incoming juniors to take place of STEP 1 and STEP 2.)
  • Knowing and Learning in Math and Science
  • Perspectives on Math and Science
  • Classroom Interactions and Equity

Preparation FOR Initial Teacher Licensure, Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

In addition to earning a bachelor degree in a STEM field along with the STEM Teaching Minor, students 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 your initial teaching license you 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 you to be 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.