Exploratory Track

Exploratory Track 

The Exploratory Track  is for all students who have been accepted for admission to the University as an undeclared major.  

Students in the Exploratory Track benefit from working closely with their academic advisors to explore majors within their collegiate unit of interest and across campus.  

*Please note that the exploratory tracks are for freshman only- transfer students are required to choose a major at time of application.

Education Exploratory Track

The Education Exploratory Track is for students interested in education as a career path in a variety of settings (e.g., formal, informal or international). Students who are thinking of pursuing a career in teaching at the Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Elementary, Special Education or Secondary Education levels (i.e., Mathematics, Science, English and History), or an advanced school professional career such as reading specialist, school Counselor or school psychologist will benefit  from the Exploratory Track in Education. Students will learn about careers in education, licensure requirements, and  secondary majors that align with their career interests.

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Choosing a Major

The College of Education encourages students to explore any University offered major that attracts their interest. Students should select a major that is interesting and challenging, while ideally allowing them to pursue a variety of different careers. 

The Education Major

The College offers undergraduate degree programs that leads to the B.A in Early Childhood Education or to the B.A. in Special Education. All Education majors with a concentration in Special Education or Early Childhood Education must complete a secondary major in the liberal arts or sciences.

Both Early Childhood Education concentration (PreK-2nd grade) and Special Education concentration (Moderate Disabilities in Special Education K-8 or 5-12) lead to initial licensure.

Secondary Teacher Education

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 education@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)