University to Schools for Undergraduates Initial License

The University to Schools (UTS) for Undergraduates program seeks students who: have a strong background in the subject area they plan to teach; a commitment to life-long learning; and evidence of interest in and respect for middle and high school age youth. This teacher preparation program strives to prepare teachers who have respect for diversity, and a willingness to work for an equitable society through the profession of education. Our teachers become leaders who set out to change the world!

Students at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, are able to work toward their undergraduate degrees in their chosen majors, and simultaneously work toward their initial license through the UTS pathway, potentially earning both in four years. Students pursuing this option should work with their major department as well as the College of Education Advisor in order to complete the required courses so that the spring semester is free for their practicum (student teaching). Please note that there is entire program of study of education courses (outlined below) that should be started well before your junior, therefore some of these courses are open to all undergraduate students prior to admission to the program. For further information, please contact Alexandra Lackard, Academic Advisor, ALackard@UMass.edu.  

The UTS program offers licenses in the following subject content. 
English (grades 5-12)
History – (grades (5-12)
Math – (grades 8-12)
Biology- (grades 8-12)
Chemistry (grades 8-12)
Earth and Space Sciences (grades 8-12)
General Sciences (grades 5-8)
Physics (grades 8-12)

Course of Study

Prior to Practicum Year

Category Course Number Course Title Credits
Foundational       
  EDUC 524 Work of the Middle & High School Teacher (F/Sp 3
Moderate Disabilities      
  EDUC 560 (Grad) Issues in Instructional Practices in Special Education 3
  EDUC 325 (UG) Introduction to Special Education (F/W/Sp/S) 3
Digital Literacy  (take one course out of the following)    
  EDUC 593A Teaching & Learning with Technology (online) 3
  EDUC 615G-01 Integrating Technology with Instruction 3
Human Development (take one course out of the following)    
  EDUC 693A Adolescent Growth and Development 3
  EDUC 692K Foundations & Theories of Learning 3
  EDUC 667 Theory of Learning and Teaching in STEM Education 3
  PSYCH 305 Educational Psychology 3
  PSYCH 355 Adolescent Psychology 3
Multicultural Education / Social Justice  (take one course out of the following) and other options to be approved    
  EDUC 497I / 597R Tutoring in Schools  4
  EDUC 210 Social Diversity in Education 3
  EDUC 377 Introduction to Multicultural Education 3
  EDUC 392 / 691E Social Issues 3
  EDUC 627 Curriculum Design in Social Justice Education 3
  EDUC 648 Oppression in Education 3
  EDUC 590Z Critical Pedagogy for Media Literacy 3
  EDUC 755 Urban Education 3
  EDUC 677 Foundations of Bilingual ESL and Multicultural Education 3
  EDUC 665 Leadership for Curriculum Development 3

Prior to their final  year UTS students simultaneously take Subject Matter Coursework determined in a meeting with the English, Mathematics, History, or Science Faculty Advisors.

Final Year Fall Semester - Progression into the Practicum semester

Category Course Number Course Title Credits
  EDUC 592S On-site Practicum *and associated course 3
  EDUC 503 Sheltered English Immersion 3
Subject Matter Methods Course (take one course out of the following)    
  EDUC 511 Math 3
  EDUC 512 Science 3
  EDUC 514 History 3
  EDUC 515 English 3

*Pre Practicum Requires a minimum of 15 hours per week in an assigned school placement.

Required to enter the practicum:
Completion of program above
Successful completion of Gateway Assessments
Successful completion of 2 x Pre-Practicum Formal Observations

Final Year Spring Semester - Full time in Practicum placement and 2 courses

Category Course Number Course Title Credits
  EDUC 500S/M Student Teaching Practicum 6 Grad
12 UG
  EDUC 510 Teacher in Middle and High School Classroom Seminar 2
Advanced Methods Course (take one course out of the following)    
  EDUC 711 Math 3
  EDUC 777 Science 3
  EDUC 743 History 3
  EDUC 712 English 3

Advising

Interested applicants in the Secondary Teacher Education pathway should contact Alexandra Lackard, Academic Advisor, ALackard@UMass.edu

Admissions

We are currently accepting applications for  admission  into the Secondary Teacher Education Program until 15 January each year. Admissions into Secondary Education is competitive and selective. Prior to applying please meet with the subject matter faculty to ensure that you can complete the undergraduate program. Applications will be reviewed once all the materials are submitted and decisions will be made on a monthly basis during the academic year until January 15th each year. Applicants will be notified of the decision within the following month.

Required Materials

  • Completed online application
  • Personal statement (based on the prompt in the online application)
  • Unofficial transcripts from undergraduate institutions attended (available in Spire)
  • Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL Score Reports

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL):

*The Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL (Reading and Writing Subtests) is the only test required prior to admission to the program.