Requirements for the STEM Teaching Minor
Acceptance into UTeach STEM Teaching Minor
To be accepted into the STEM Teaching Minor, math, science and engineering undergraduates must:
- Maintain a GPA of 2.7 or better.
- Complete Step 1 and Step 2 with a grade of B- or better.
- Obtain written approval from a UTeach UMass Lowell faculty to apply to the STEM Teaching minor, AND
- Submit a formal application to declare the STEM Teaching minor.
For all UTeach courses that require student teaching in an elementary, middle school or high school classroom, students must undergo and pass CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background checks for each K-12 school district in which they will be working.
STEM Teaching Minor
To earn the STEM Teaching Minor, math, science and engineering undergraduates must successfully complete the required 24 credits of UTeach coursework. For math teacher certification, math and computer science undergraduates must also take 92.210 Functions and Modeling. Several of these UTeach courses also serve as Gen Ed or free electives course requirements. The 6-credit teaching practicum is completed during one semester of senior year.
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
To prepare for teacher licensure, all students are required to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL); this is in addition to earning a bachelor degree in a STEM field along with the STEM Teaching Minor. Students must receive passing scores on the following MTEL tests:
- The Communication & Literacy Skills Tests (for Reading and Writing) AND
- The subject matter knowledge test(s) appropriate to the teaching license sought.
We recommend that UTeach students take these tests at the end of sophomore year or during junior year. All required MTEL tests must be completed and passed prior to enrollment in the teaching practicum.