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Teacher Prep Track

Why take the Teacher Preparation Option?

This option is aimed at those who plan to teach physics, math or other technical fields in secondary school. It is also appropriate for students aimed at a science journalism career, or other fields involving the communication of physics to a broader audience.  Its distinguishing feature is the Physics 407-8-9 sequence, which is aimed at giving you the conceptual understanding and experience required to teach physics without college-level mathematics.

Teacher Preparation Option Requirements

In addition to the Common Core (see Major Requirements), the Teacher Preparation Option requires the following:

  1. 14 credits from:
    PHYS 226; PHYS 228; PHYS 324;
    one course from PHYS 323, PHYS 328, or PHYS 329.
  2. Physics by Inquiry (15 credits): PHYS 407, PHYS 408, and PHYS 409.
  3. One additional math course from the core list (3-4 credits):
    MATH 307/AMATH 351,
    MATH 308/AMATH 352,
    MATH 309/AMATH 353,
    MATH 324, MATH 326, or AMATH 401.
  4. Advanced Laboratory (3-5 credits): One course from PHYS 331, PHYS 335, PHYS 431, PHYS 432, PHYS 433, PHYS 434, and either ASTR 480 or ASTR 481.
  5. Teaching Practicum (3 credits): PHYS 499, working on a project that involves teaching.

4 year Plan, Includes courses recommended for breadth, but not required for graduation

Legend:  BOLD= required; red = lab; green = specific electives, italics = choose one or more

 

Year

 

Autumn

Winter

Spring

Freshman

 

121 or 121H

Math 124/134

122 or 122H

Math 125/135

123 or 123H

Math 126/136

Sophomore

 

224

227

217

Math Menu

225

294

334 (lab)

228

226

329

335

Math Menu

Junior

 

321

324

331 or 434

 

322

325

Intro. Chem/Bio

323

Intro. Chem/Bio

Senior

REU

407

328

422 a/o 433

485/496

Other Sci a/o Education 

teaching

 

408

423 a/o 431

486/497

Other Sci a/o Education

teaching/research

409

421 a/o 432

487/498

Other Sci a/o Education 

teaching/research

3 year Plan, Includes courses recommended for breadth, but not required for graduation

Year

 

Autumn

Winter

Spring

Year 1

 

121 or 121H

Math 124/134

122 or 122H

Math 125/135

123 or 123H

Math 126/136

Year 2

(224)

224

227

217

Math Menu

225

294

334 (lab)

228

226

321

335 a/o

Math Menu

Year 3

322

324

407

(226)

328

331 or 434

teaching

408

325

Intro. Chem/Bio

teaching/research

409

323

Intro. Chem/Bio

teaching/research


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