Physics Education Major

Your Future as a Physics Educator

If you’re called to share your knowledge with others and have a passion for physics, then consider a major in Physics Education. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of physics theories and supplement that knowledge with challenging and applicable Math courses. You’ll also take Education classes that will train you to manage and discipline a classroom, create lessons based on your students’ psychological development, and approach assessment with fair and compelling methods. Both physics and education will merge as you learn to make physics accessible to those who might not be scientifically minded.

During your junior and senior year, you will design and complete your own experiments and projects. This will give you hands-on experience designing labs for your own classroom and practicing proper lab techniques and safety.

The Physics Education curriculum is designed to best prepare students for a career as a physics teacher for grades 5-12. You will spend a semester of your senior year teaching real students at real schools, either domestically or internationally. The semester is split into two different teaching locations, at which you will teach two different grade levels in order to gain a wide breadth of teaching experience.

Physics Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact the Physics & Engineering Department

Bob Davis, Department Co-Chair and Professor of Physics & Engineering

Dae-Hyun Jin, Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Lara Horsley, Physics & Engineering Program Assistant