Academics

UTEC

The Urban Teacher Educator Corps Pipeline (UTEC)

Preparing Teachers for Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville

THE URBAN TEACHER EDUCATOR CORPS (UTEC) PIPELINE is a rigorous program of undergraduate and graduate teacher education, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston, that prepares students to teach in urban schools. Its graduates are committed to beginning their careers as teachers in the public schools of Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville, Massachusetts. It is particularly appropriate for students who are interested in teaching math, science, or English as a second language, or in special education programs.

 

Who is Eligible

The Undergraduate Program

To be eligible for admission to the undergraduate program, an applicant must be a graduate of a Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville high school with a 3.25 or better grade point average in a college preparatory curriculum that includes the sixteen academic units required for admission to UMass Boston.

Priority in admission will be given to:

  • Students enrolled in “Future Teachers” programs in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville high schools,
  • Students enrolled in teacher preparation programs at area community colleges, UMass Boston undergraduate students, and
  • Recent high school graduates who qualify for the Tomorrow’s Teachers State Scholarship.

Interested high school students who are not initially eligible for the UTEC Pipeline but who do qualify for admission to UMass Boston may enroll as undeclared majors and reapply to the Pipeline after earning 48 credits with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Students who do not qualify for admission to UMass Boston but demonstrate potential for the pipeline are advised to enroll at area community colleges through the Joint Admissions Program. After completing the associate’s degree with a 3.25 grade point average or higher, these students may to reapply to UMass Boston and the pipeline.

The Graduate Program

To be eligible for admission to the graduate program, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in science, math, English as a second language, or special education and a grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

Priority in admission will be given to

  • UMass Boston graduates with undergraduate degrees in math and science, and
  • Other students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in math, science, English as a second language, or special education.

 

How to Apply

The Undergraduate Program

Admission to the UTEC Pipeline is a two-step process. First students must apply through UMass Boston’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions for admission to the university. Second, after admission to the university and before the fall semester begins, students must apply for admission to the pipeline. The pipeline application requires:

  • An essay explaining why the applicant wants to teach in an urban public school,
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential to be a thoughtful and responsive educator.

A special committee of faculty from UMass Boston’s College of Education and Human Development and personnel from the Boston Public Schools will review all pipeline applications. An interview will also be part of the selection process. All students who are recruited directly from the Future Teachers Programs in the Boston Public High Schools will be offered assistance in applying.

The Graduate Program

Admission to the graduate program is also a two-step process. First, students must apply through UMass Boston’s Office of Graduate Admissions to the Teacher Education or Special Education Program in the College of Education and Human Development. Then, after admission but before the fall semester begins, they must submit a UTEC Pipeline application, which requires an additional essay explaining why they want to teach in urban schools. A special committee of faculty from UMass Boston’s College of Education and Human Development and personnel from the Boston Public Schools will review all Pipeline applications. An interview will also be part of the selection process.

 

Information and Application Materials

For information about UMass Boston undergraduate and graduate programs and university admission application materials, call or visit: 617.287.6000 or www.umb.edu/admissions.

For UTEC Pipeline information and application materials, contact the College of Education and Human Development: at 617.287.7625 or grad.teachered@umb.edu.