The Physics Education degree prepares students to teach physics in high school. It includes courses for teacher certification as well as a cluster of courses designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of physics and its role in the modern world.
More than Just Teaching
The Physics Education program prepares and certifies you at the secondary (high school) level. Classes in physics and education prepares students for upper-level courses in both physics content and educational theory. A semester of student teaching will help students gain the experience they need to help them enter the profession.
Faculty are always on hand to help guide students throughout their coursework and experiences on campus. Courses are specifically designed to allow for the maximum interaction possible to helps students get to know the faculty on a more personal level. This allows students to be mentored towards a future career path that will be best suited and rewarding to them.
The physics department is warm and welcoming. There have been countless times when I'm known personally by the professors, and they stop and talk about what is going on in life. We are more than just people in the program - we are individuals and they recognize that.Katherine G.,
Graduates with a degree in Physics Education have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Highlighted Career Paths
High School Teacher
High school physics teachers influence the future generation by creating, developing, and assessing learning expressions that help students develop a strong understanding of physics. Teaching high school physics is a fun, interesting, respected and rewarding career.
Secondary Education Administration
Secondary school administrators work with teachers to design and prepare curricula, establish budgets and ensure that students' academic performance meets government standards. The most common administrators in a secondary school (high school) environment are principals and assistant principals.
Educational Technology Aide
Educational technology specialists, also known as instructional technology specialists or edtech specialists, collaborate with teachers and school administration to facilitate the use of technology in classrooms and the school as a whole.
Explore Related Career Paths
All degree related careers can be found in I-Plan, along with related salary information.
Getting started in this degree
If you want to get a taste for Physics Education, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:
- ED200 — Education (Historical and Philosophical Perspective)
- PH121 — Principles of Physics I
- PH 150 — Beginning Physics Lab
For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.
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