Academic Requirements

The updated Massachusetts 2003 Regulations also mandate the new Vocational Technical Education Teachers must complete eighteen (18) credits of academic studies. See below for details:

Academic Studies Credits
Three (3) college degree credits English Composition 101 or a higher level required. 3 required
Three (3) college degree credits in a higher level English (oral communication would also be acceptable) such as English Composition 102, Technical Writing, Report Writing, Business Writing, Writing in the Professions, Advanced Writing, Current Themes in Literature. A higher-level English course that is based on the MA English Language Arts Curriculum Framework may be counted. 3 required
Three (3) college degree credits in college mathematics 100 or a higher level (required) such as Mathematics 104, College Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, Analytical Geometry I, Math for Engineering technologies, Statistic I 3 minimum
Three (3) college degree credits in college science 100 or a higher level(required) such as Biology I and II, Microbiology, Plane Science, Botany, Zoology, Soil Science, Ecology, Human Health, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Nutrition, Physics. 3 minimum
Six (6) college degree credits in higher level college science and/or mathematics such as Algebra II, Biology II, Calculus. Higher level mathematics and science courses that are based on the MA Mathematics Curriculum Framework and the MA Science & Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework may be counted may be counted. Computer Science courses may be counted toward three of the six college degree credits in science and/or mathematics when a direct correlation exists between the course and the area of vocational licensure, and this correlation is clearly evident through the course description. 6

There are a variety of sources for the course topics outlined above but we can suggest that some of the academic requirements can be met by online courses from UMass Boston. These are:

  • Math: MATH 125
  • Writing: CRW 283
  • Science: BIOL 101, or ENVSTY 101 or CHEM 111L or BIOL 108 or PHYSIC 134

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