This program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a Physics BA and Physics education EdM in five years and focuses on preparing you to teach physics and chemistry at the adolescence level. In the first three years of the program, students will develop a deep understanding of physics and chemistry. At the same time, students will take education courses that will include experiential components to introduce the nuances of the teaching profession.
The graduate portion of the program continues to build understanding of science and provides the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year includes a residency where students co-teach alongside an expert physics/chemistry 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 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.