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STEM Undergraduate Teaching Minors

To pursue teaching licensure in one of the STEM fields, review the requirements as listed in each of the minor areas below.

Students who are earning a baccalaureate degree in a science field who are also seeking teacher licensure in science are urged to earn a minor in either VolsTeach or Science Education Grades 6-8. Students who do not earn a minor as part of their undergraduate studies will be required to complete the equivalent of a minor as a prerequisite if they plan to enter the fifth year of professional study. Students seeking licensure to teach in grades 6-12 should complete the VolsTeach minor while pursing their baccalaureate in a science field.  Alternatively, they may purse a science 6 -12 licensure by completing the equivalent of a minor as a prerequisite to a fifth year of professional study. Students seeking licensure to teach Middle Grades (6-8) Science should complete the Science Education Grades 6-8 Minor. They will complete their licensure requirements through a fifth year of professional study.

Students who are earning a baccalaureate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who are also seeking teacher licensure in Math are urged to earn a minor in either elementary or secondary education. Students who do not earn a minor as part of their undergraduate studies will be required to complete the equivalent of a minor as a prerequisite if they plan to enter the fifth year of professional study. Students earning a baccalaureate degree in Math seeking licensure to teach in grades 6 – 12 should complete the VolsTeach minor while pursing their baccalaureate.  Alternatively, they may purse a Math 6 -12 licensure by completing the equivalent of a minor as a prerequisite to a fifth year of professional study.


Students who are earning a baccalaureate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who are also seeking teacher licensure in mathematics or science education are urged to earn a minor in either elementary or secondary education. Students who do not earn a minor as part of their undergraduate studies will be required to complete the equivalent of a minor as a prerequisite if they plan to enter the fifth year of professional study. Students earning a baccalaureate degree in mathematics or science seeking licensure to teach math or science in grades 6 – 12 should complete the VolsTeach minor while pursing their baccalaureate.  Alternatively, they may purse a math or science 6 -12 licensure by completing the equivalent of a minor as a prerequisite to a fifth year of professional study.

Students should note that courses taken to satisfy the minor will not fulfill teacher licensure requirements.

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