Welcome to the Secondary Teacher Education Program
STEP offers licensure programs in middle and high school math, the sciences, English and history/political science through a variety of programs including:
- An 18-24 month University-to-Schools Masters of Education.
- A licensure program as part of the undergraduate degree in your content area for UMass undergraduates.
- An urban based intensive one-year Masters of Education (180 Days in Springfield ).
- A rural based intensive one-year Masters of Education (Bridges to the Future).
- A Post-BA program (involving a minimum of 20 credits) in which the basic program is enhanced to develop your skills and knowledge.
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STEP pre-practicum and practicum students will:
- Develop and transform knowledge into effective and relevant teaching.
- Work with accomplished educators to develop principles and methods that enable the success of all children.
- Relate theory to practice
- Learn through field-based study.
- Learn within a network of educators in urban, rural and suburban communities throughout the Pioneer Valley eager to work with UMass students.
The three steps of STEP:
To prepare for the rigors and joys of teaching, a STEP graduate will have successfully progressed through three core phases of teacher candidacy: Content knowledge, Foundations and finally Clinical Year.
- Content knowledge in History, Science, Math or English requires the approved amount of subject-specific credits to reflect depth and breadth of subject-specific knowledge.
- Foundations courses on education and psychology prior to the clinical year help STEP teacher candidates link content to human development, social justice and school cultures.
- The Clinical year situates STEP candidates in the classroom. A range of university courses help scaffold these experiences.
*Teacher candidates need to pass MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills test by the first semester and the MTEL Subject Test before student teaching.