STEM Teaching Minor

The UTeach STEM Teaching minor is an innovative undergraduate teacher preparation program recognized by the national UTeach program. It is designed to give STEM majors the opportunity to investigate and prepare for a career in teaching math, science or engineering in high school. The program is open to science, math, computer science and engineering students.

Prior to declaring the minor, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Passing grade in the prerequisite course: UTCH.1030 Introduction to STEM Teaching1
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75

1Students must undergo and pass criminal background checks for each K-12 school district to which they will be assigned, starting with pre-service teaching assignments in UTCH.1030.

The STEM Teaching minor consists of 18 credits.

Required Courses

  • UTCH.2010 Knowing & Learning in Math & Science1
  • UTCH.2020 Interactions and Equity
  • UTCH.2040 Perspectives on Mathematics & Science2
  • UTCH.3010 Project-Based Instruction
  • UTCH.3020 Research Methods
  • UTCH.4410 Teaching Emergent Bilingual Students

1Satisfies a Core Curriculum Breadth of Knowledge requirement for Social Sciences Perspective (SS)

2Satisfies a Core Curriculum Breadth of Knowledge requirement for Arts & Humanities Perspective (AH)

Additional Initial Teaching Licensure Opportunity

Students who complete the above requirements may elect to earn Massachusetts initial teacher licensure to teach math, science, or technology/engineering in middle school and high school.

To gain initial teaching licensure, students must:

  • Take and pass the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs)
  • Enroll in UTCH.4010 Practicum and successfully complete a one-semester, 6-credit student teaching experience

Students majoring in math or computer science must complete two additional courses to be eligible for initial teaching licensure:

  • MATH.2100 Functions and Modeling
  • MATH.4270 Geometry

These can be fit into the major degree pathway as STEM or elective courses.

For additional information, please visit the UML UTeach website or contact Sumudu Lewis, program coordinator.