Programs of Study

The Towson UTeach Program gives students the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and to complete teacher certification on a fast track. The program emphasizes solid content knowledge woven with pedagogical instruction specific to science and mathematics. 

Freshmen students exploring a lesson.

Additional information for transfer students is linked at the bottom of each content page.

The following curriculum is for students who enrolled as freshmen in fall 2012 or after.

Course Number Course Name
SEMS 110* Introduction to STEM Teaching I: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
SEMS 120* Introduction to STEM Teaching: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
SEMS 130* Introduction to STEM Teaching I & II Combined
SEMS 230 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
SEMS 240 Classroom Interactions
SEMS 250 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (satisfies Core Curriculum 5)
SEMS 360 Research Methods (satisfies Core Curriculum 9)
SEMS 370 Project-Based Instruction
SEMS 498 Internship in Mathematics and Science Secondary Education
SCED 460 Using Reading and Writing in the Secondary Schools
SCED 461 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area

SCI 393 or

MATH 426

Student Teaching in Secondary Education - Science

Student Teaching in Secondary Education - Mathematics

SCIE 430 or

MATH 430

Seminar in Student Teaching - Science

Seminar in Student Teaching - Mathematics

MATH 310 Functions and Modeling (required for mathematics majors only)
*Transfer students and students who are given permission by the instructor may take SEMS 130 Introduction to STEM Teaching I & II Combined instead of the combination of SEMS 110 and SEMS 120.


Paths to Teacher Certification

Students can pursue teaching certification by majoring in the secondary education concentration in biology, chemistry, earth-space science, mathematics or physics. These are Bachelor of Science degree programs and include all courses required for certification. The Towson UTeach courses are built into the curriculum of these programs.

Students must also fulfill the Maryland State Department of Education Certification Requirements Major: Secondary Education (grades 7 - 12).

Department Liaison E-mail Phone
Towson UTeach

Dr. Linda Cooper

Ms. Christine Roland




Biological Sciences Dr. Cindy Ghent   410-407-5918
Chemistry Dr. Sonali Raje   410-407-4622

Earth-Space Science,

Physics, Astronomy or Geosciences

Dr. Ronald Hermann   410-407-3011
Mathematics Dr. Sandy Spitzer   410-407-2062