Summer/Fall Option of the



Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies Department School of Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst  Massachusetts 01003


For More Information

Program Details

Summer/Fall Handbook

Course Descriptions


Summer/Fall Homepage


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 option provide?

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 of licensure  necessary to teach in public schools in the State of Massachusetts and the other states that recognize Massachusetts's accreditation.

Where and when does this program take place?

Students participate in an intensive academic option of pre-education 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 enroll into the classes through the Division of Continuing Education. Students will student teach/intern in area schools during the Fall 2004 semester.

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. [413] 545-4397,

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 application?

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 [413] 256-2892 or on the web at

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. 

If you jumped to this section, please click your browser's BACK button to return to previous section

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