University of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts 01003
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|Who should apply
to this option?
This option is designed for juniors, seniors, and the Post-BA/BS students who want to teach science or mathematics in middle or high school, and who want to begin a certification program this summer and finish at the close of the fall semester.
Students interested in the option should have completed most or all
of a major in
science, math, or the equivalent.
|What does this
This university-based option provides students with the opportunity
to learn the most
effective ways to teach science and math and to work in innovative
science and math
classrooms. Students who complete this option and have
passed the applicable parts of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure will
be recommended to
receive Massachusetts's Initial Licensure to teach middle school
(General Science, Earth Science, or Mathematics) or high
school (Biology, Chemistry,
Physics, Earth Science, or Mathematics). This is the level
teach in public schools in the State
of Massachusetts and the other states that recognize
|Where and when
does this program take
Students participate in an intensive academic option
coursework at the University
of Massachusetts Amherst and pre-student teaching experience
in local schools from May 25th through to July 30th, 2004. You will
the classes through
the Division of
Students will student teach/intern in area schools during the Fall
|How do you apply
to this option?
Undergraduates who wish to apply to this option should apply to the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) at UMass Amherst. For an application, contact the STEP Information Office, 121B Furcolo Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.  545-4397, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post BA/BS students interested in the Summer/Fall option should have completed most or all of a major in science, math or the equivalent. Post BA/BS applications should be submitted to the School of Education Certification Office, 125A Furcolo Hall, (413-545-2701).
Prior to acceptance into the Summer/Fall Option, the applicants must have passed the Communication and Literacy portions of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure. The subject matter test must be passed before starting the student teaching/interning. Thus any applicant to the Summer/Fall Option should register and take these tests at the earliest available date.
|What is the
deadline for the
March 1, 2004. Applications
received after this date will
be considered on a space available basis
What are the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure?
The Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure is a two-part test of Communication and Literacy Skills and subject matter knowledge. A passing score in both test areas is required for Massachusetts's teacher certification. Registration forms and study guides are available from the Massachusetts Educator Certification Test Office at  256-2892 or on the web at www.doe.mass.edu.
A passing score on the Communication and Literacy test is required for admission into the Summer/Fall program, and a passing score on the Subject test is necessary before student teaching in the fall.
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This program is funded in part by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teacher Education Collaborative (STEMTEC), and the National Science Foundation
Last updated: March, 2004
Created November 2000