The MIT/Wellesley Scheller Teacher Education Program


This program prepares MIT students to become teachers who are:

  • Competent to teach in their field and not afraid to challenge established norms
  • Able to bridge the boundaries among disciplines
  • Eager to help students develop the desire to question and explore that is so much a part of the MIT experience

MIT offers a teacher certification program that can be done entirely at MIT or in conjunction with courses at Wellesley College.

MIT students interested in teaching or education policy should take 11.124 and 11.125. These two courses fulfill both the HASS and CI-H requirements. Students who wish to obtain Teacher Certification in secondary math or sciences must also major or minor in a compatible subject area and complete a three course sequence at MIT (11.129, 11.130, 11.131) or Wellesley College that includes a component of supervised student teaching. Upon graduation, those who complete the program will be eligible for an Initial License in Massachusetts or the equivalent in many other states that have reciprocal teacher licensing agreements with Massachusetts.

IMPORTANT: If you're a MIT student interested in taking 11.129-11.131 (including student-teaching) in the following academic year, please contact the program manager Wendy Huang for school placement in April of the current academic year. (, 617-324-2601, E15-301)

11.124 Introduction to Education: Looking Forward and Looking Back on Education

11.124 (Fall)
Introduction to Education: Looking Forward and Looking Back on Education
Prof. E. Klopfer ( & Jason Haas

One of two introductory subjects on teaching and learning science and mathematics in a variety of K-12 settings. Topics include education and media, education reform, the history of education, simulations, games, and the digital divide. Students gain practical experience through weekly visits to schools, classroom discussions, selected readings, and activities to develop a critical and broad understanding of past and current forces that shape the goals and processes of education, and explores the challenges and opportunities of teaching. Students work collaboratively and individually on papers, projects, and in-class presentations.

See the full syllabus here (most materials are available if you log in as "guest)

Math Games Archive

11.125 - Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education

11.125 (Spring)

Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education

Prof. E. Klopfer (

11.127/252/CMS.590 - Computer Games and Simulations for Education and Exploration

11.127/252/CMS.590 (Spring)
Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education

Prof. E. Klopfer ( & Jason Haas

Project-based subject in which students from multiple disciplines are encouraged to develop and investigate systems and ideas from their fields of study as they explore the process of building and testing models and simulations. Explores various modeling software packages, criteria for developing the most appropriate simulation for a given situation, and methods for evaluating the success and utility of models. Students with an education focus consider what and how people learn from simulations, and how modeling tools can be implemented in public school settings. Graduate students are expected to complete additional assignments.

See last year's syllabus here

11.129, 11.130, 11.131 Overview - Educational Theory and Practice

11.129 (Fall), 11.130 (IAP), 11.131 (Spring)
Educational Theory and Practice
Prof. E. Klopfer (, R. Gibb


MIT/Wellesley Teacher Certification Program

The MIT Teacher Education Program includes a pathway of classes and student-teaching practicum that leads to Massachusetts State Certification in a middle or high school science or mathematics discipline. Wellesley students who are interested in teaching math and science are encouraged to join MIT students in these classes, and MIT students have the option of taking classes at Wellesley to fulfill requirements for teacher licensing in subject areas other than math or science. To complete the Teacher Education Program and meet the State requirements, students must complete a major or minor in the subject area in which they wish to teach (or equivalent - see teacher license and subject knowledge requirements below) and take the following courses:


  • 11.124 (Fall) Introduction to Education: Looking Forward and Back on Education (E. Klopfer)
  • 11.125 (Spring) Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education (E. Klopfer)


  • (Require preceding or concurrent registration in 11.124/125)

Option 1 @ MIT

STEP History and Mission

The mission of the MIT Teacher Education Program, under the direction of Prof. Eric Klopfer, is twofold. First, we are working to develop a cadre of MIT undergraduates that will become the science and math teachers of tomorrow. Building upon students’ unique strengths and deep understanding of science, we believe that we can make a substantial contribution to K-12 education if not in numbers of teachers, then with the quality of teachers that we produce.