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 set an appointment with the Education Advising Center.  

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 Beverley Bell, Program Coordinator,


Apply by March 1st of sophomore or junior year. (Juniors will require an additional year to complete the program).

Applications Admissions Timeline
Applications due: March 1st
Applicant Interviews: March 5th to 15th
Notify applicants about acceptance. – March 30th
Commitment to the Program – April 15th.

School Placement Visits – April 16th to April 30th

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.