The Department of Physics offers a BA in Physics with Teaching of Science Physics Concentration/Physics Adolescent Education. This degree provides the essential background in physics and mathematics necessary for teaching physics at the secondary (grades 7-12) level. This track is highly appropriate for students who wish to pursue graduate study in education; however, it is not ideal for students who wish to pursue graduate study in physics.
The Physics Education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a Physics BA and Physics education EdM in five years.
During the first three years of the program, students will develop a deep understanding of the workings of the universe around us. From the smallest sub-atomic particles to the vastness of cosmic expansion, students will study how physics profoundly impacts our understanding of nature and our ability to harness its secrets for the progress of human kind. Also during the first three years, students will take education courses that will include experiential components to introduce the nuances of the teaching profession.
The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of physics as well as providing the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a one-year residency that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert physics teacher. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.
At the end of this program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.
Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as government agencies.