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 must complete all coursework by the end of the fall semester of their senior year so that the spring semester is free for their practicum (student teaching). Some courses are open to all undergraduate students prior to admission to the program. For further information, please contact Alexandra Lackard, Academic Advisor,  

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)


Interested applicants in the Secondary Teacher Education pathway should contact Alexandra Lackard, Academic Advisor,


We are currently accepting applications for  admission  into the Secondary Teacher Education Program until 1 March each year.    Admissions into Secondary Education is competitive and selective.  Prior to applying please unsure that you have met 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 March 1st 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.