When may I declare the minor? What are the requirements for declaring the minor?
How do I declare the minor? What are the courses needed to complete the minor?
Do I still have to take STEP 1 and
STEP 2?
Will I satisfy the minor if my GPA...
Will I get a teaching license just by doing the STEM Teaching Minor? What are the requirements to be allowed to proceed to the practicum?
What are professional dispositions for teaching? What is the MTEL?
When should I take the MTEL? When should I enroll in the practicum?
The practicum is only 6 credits, am I considered a full-time student? Can I still receive financial aid during the practicum?
What happens during the practicum? If I can’t fit the practicum into my undergraduate degree, can I take it after I graduate?
How do I register for the practicum if I have graduated? Can I receive financial aid if I do the practicum after graduation?
Can I teach without doing the practicum? Can I do the practicum anywhere?

You may now complete the minor in 18 credits. The practicum, which is 6 credits, is no longer part of the minor, BUT YOU MUST COMPLETE THE PRACTICUM IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE A TEACHING LICENSE.

When may I declare the minor? In your sophomore year and after or while taking UTL 102 – STEP 2. You must declare the minor by the time you take UTL 202 Interactions and Equity.

How do I declare the minor? Complete the form found at http://www.uml.edu/docs/declarationofmajor_tcm18-3567.pdf and have it signed by a UTEACH advisor and the chair of your department:

Biology advisor
Math advisor
Chemistry advisor
Physics advisor
Engineering advisor
Dr. Wernick
Dr. Graham-Eagle or Dr. Levasseur
Dr. Farris
Dr. Lepeshkin
Dr. Kazmer

What are the requirements for declaring the minor?
To declare the minor, you must have an overall GPA of 2.7. If your GPA is between 2.0 and 2.7 you may continue to take UTEACH courses, and may petition the UTEACH standards committee to declare the minor once you have completed 14 credits of UTEACH courses. At a minimum you must have a 2.7 GPA in UTEACH courses, and be in good academic standing in your major. The committee will also consider your professional dispositions.

What are the courses needed to complete the minor?
UTL 201            Knowing and Learning in STEM Fields (SS)
UTL 202            Interactions and Equity (pre-req UTL 201)
UTL 204            Perspectives in Math and Science (A/H)
UTL 301            Project Based Instruction (pre-req UTL 202)
UTL 302            Research Methods
UTL 441            Teaching English Language Learners (required for MA SEI endorsement)

Do I still have to take STEP 1 and STEP 2? Yes

Will I satisfy the minor if my GPA is below 2.7, but above 2.0 and I am in good standing? Yes

Will I get a teaching license just by doing the STEM Teaching Minor? No, you also need to complete the practicum and those seeking math licensure (math majors and CS majors) must also take a Geometry Course and 92.210 Functions and Modeling.

What are the requirements to be allowed to proceed to the practicum?
  • Completion of all UTEACH courses except for the UTL 401 and your content area courses
  • GPA of 2.7
  • Consistently demonstrated appropriate professional dispositions for teaching and appropriate behaviors for entry into a profession.
  • Passing score on the Communications and Literacy MTEL subtests
  • Passing score on the CONTENT AREA MTEL

Deviation from the above requirements will require discussion and permission of UTeach program faculty. Conditions for proceeding to practicum may be imposed.

What are professional dispositions for teaching? In order to enter a profession, you must show that you display the attitudes and behaviors of teachers who are committed to helping all children to learn. Throughout your course work we shall be looking for such attributes as:

  • Commitment to teaching
  • Role model for students
  • Strong work ethic
  • Cooperative
  • Approachable
  • Patient
  • Open to feedback from supervisors
  • Flexibility
  • Sense of decorum
  • Organized
  • Ethical and fair decision-making

What is the MTEL? The MTEL, Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure,  tests are designed to measure candidates' ability to read with comprehension and write with clarity as well as to measure the breadth and depth of candidates' knowledge in specific subject fields.

Testing requirements for the Academic (PreK–12) education program include a test of communication and literacy skills as well as tests of subject matter knowledge. The tests are designed to ensure that Massachusetts educators can communicate adequately with students, parents/guardians, and other educators and that they are knowledgeable in the subject matter of the license sought. With a license, candidates may be legally employed in Massachusetts public schools.

Licensure Test Requirements – for full information go to: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/index.asp

As part of the current license requirements, candidates seeking a first Massachusetts Academic (PreK–12) license (except a temporary license) must achieve a passing score on both subtests of the Communication and Literacy Skills test AND any relevant Academic (PreK–12) subject matter test(s).."

Testing Requirements
1) Communication and Literacy Skills test (01)
AND
2) relevant subject matter test Math(09), Biology(13), Physics(11), Chemistry(12), Technology/Engineering(33), Earth Science(14)

When should I take the MTEL? We recommend that you take the SUBJECT TEST at the end of your Sophomore year or beginning of your Junior year. You should take the Communications and Literacy tests in your Junior year. Remember that you need  to pass these tests to proceed to the practicum, so you want to give yourself time to take them again in case you do not pass the first time.

When should I enroll in the practicum? The practicum should be taken in the final semester of your undergraduate degree. You should not take any other courses while completing the practicum.

The practicum is only 6 credits, am I considered a full-time student? Yes you will be coded as a full-time student.

Can I still receive financial aid during the practicum? Yes you can; you receive the normal allocation for housing if you live in a residence hall, but only financial aid for 6 credits of course work.

What happens during the practicum? You will be with a mentor teacher and will gradually take over his/her whole schedule over the course of 12 weeks. You will also come for a seminar at UMass Lowell once every two weeks. During the practicum, you will be observed by your mentor and also by a college supervisor.

POSTGRADUATE PRACTICUM

If I can’t fit the practicum into my undergraduate degree, can I take it after I graduate? Yes, you may take the practicum in one of the two semesters immediately following graduation. 

How do I register for the practicum if I have graduated?
You register as a non-degree student and pay for 6 credits of undergraduate coursework.

Can I receive financial aid if I do the practicum after graduation? No, there is no financial aid for non-degree students.

Can I teach without doing the practicum? At present, Massachusetts allows you to teach on a preliminary license. If you accept a full-time teaching position immediately following graduation, you may not do the practicum until you have been teaching for one semester on a preliminary license.

Can I do the practicum anywhere? You can only do the practicum in Massachusetts and the school must be within a forty-five (45) minute drive from UMass Lowell for UTeach faculty to be able to supervise your work.

Once I have completed the practicum how do I get my license?

You will need to APPLY for your license and also APPLY FOR SEI ENDORSEMENT (Sheltered English Immersion) on ELAR – click on the ELAR icon at  http://www.mass.gov/edu/gateway/

 (this is where you got your MEPIDS number). You will need to pay the fee.

The Licensure Officer at UMass Lowell will also go into ELAR and will attest that you have completed our approved program and will “endorse” you for your license and for SEI . We will also endorse your UML transcript to show that you have completed an approved teacher licensure program.


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