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STEM TEACHING MINOR

UTeach UMass Lowell oversees the STEM Teaching minor which is open to undergraduate students 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, civil , computer , mechanical or plastics engineering

Declaration of Minor

To declare the STEM Teaching Minor, science and engineering undergraduatesmust have:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 (or better);
  2. CompletedKnowing and Learning in Math and Science; and
  3. CompletedSTEP 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Design or Introduction to STEM Teaching with a B (or better).

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

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

For each UTeach course that involves students teaching in middle or high school, students must undergo and pass criminal background checks for each K-12 school district in which they will be student teaching. UTeach instructors will guide students through the criminal background check and fingerprinting processes prior to assigning students.

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) - Certain convictions may prevent an individual from completing student teaching in a Massachusetts school district. Further, it should be noted that the Massachusetts Department of Education may conduct Criminal Offender Record Information(CORI) background checks as part of the general screening process for educator licensure,including volunteers and student teachers who may have direct and unsupervised contact with children. Please note that Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L. c. 71, § 38R) requires that school districts conduct background checks through a Criminal Offender Record Investigation for school personnel.

Fingerprinting (by MorphoTrust USA) - In September 2013, Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 77 of the Acts of 2013, "An Act Relative to Background Checks. This new law expands the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and, in addition to the CORI, requires fingerprint-based state and national criminal record information check (CHRI). Though K-12 school districts are responsible for assuring that school personnel are fingerprinted, UMass Lowell and other education preparation programs support the districts in satisfying this law.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has contracted MorphoTrust USA to establish and operate fingerprinting locations across the state. Fingerprints are captured and submitted electronically for processing by the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and reports are returned to the designated K-12 school districts (not to UMass Lowell). Online registration, appointment, and cost information are available through IdentoGo MorphoTrust USA registration system. When registering you will be required to list up to 10 school district provider ID's from the Provider ID Listing (pdf).

Based on CHRI reports or non-compliance with the law, a school district may disallow an individual from engaging in pre-practicum or practicum work in the district. These circumstances may result in the teacher preparation student not being able to complete the approved teacher preparation degree program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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INITIAL TEACHER LICENSURE PREPARATION

While completing a bachelor degree and the STEM Teaching minor teacher candidates also prepare for an initial teaching license. To prepare for initial teacher licensure students must pass the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure and the teaching practicum.

Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

The following MTELs must be PASSED prior to enrollment in the teaching practicum:

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

UTeach recommends students take the MTELs upon completion of Interactions and Equity (usually during sophomore and junior year). For the latest course information and more please visit UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

TEACHING PRACTICUM

In order to receive an initial teaching license, teacher 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).

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