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Students in the Physics Secondary Education major study a combination of physics and math with education courses to prepare for teaching physics at the elementary, middle school, or high school levels.

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Why should I study physics secondary education?

Graduates will be licensed to teach both high school physics and general science in grades 5 through 12. Students with 5-12 licensure in Science Education may choose one or more Middle Level endorsements

As STEM in schools becomes an increasing topic of focus, effective teachers for physics are in high demand.

What can I do with this degree?

You'll be fully prepared to earn a license to teach physics to students in 5th through 12th grades in an educational setting.

What skills will I develop?

  • methods for teaching science topics
  • communicating complex ideas to learners at a variety of ages
  • advanced mathematics
  • classroom management
  • collaboration with others and with other disciplines
  • leading lab experiements for others
  • pedagogy for middle and high school level learners

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Extensive Teaching Internships and Mentoring

The Education Department works with students provide placements at a variety of schools in the greater Twin Cities area. You'll work under a cooperating teacher at the host school and receive feedback from your university supervising faculty at least 10 times each semester.

Learn with Leaders in Physics Education

The physics department is a nationally recognized source for innovation in teaching physics at all levels. We are a host location for the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) annual conference, among other top physics associations.

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National Science Foundation fellowships earned by alumni

Physics alum recognized for innovation in Forbes' 30 Under 30 - Energy list

- Forbes 2018

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