Physics Education Major
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
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Physics and Engineering Department
Taylor’s ABET-accredited Physics and Engineering department provides a number of opportunities for professional growth and development. Our students have conducted graduate-level research for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Air Force as undergraduates; participated in projects like the Central American water well drilling ministry (with the Earth & Environmental Science department); taken part in prestigious summer internships at major labs such as Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Argonne National Lab, Fermi Lab, and the Mayo Clinic; and been hired by world-renowned companies like CERN and RT Logic.
Wherever God is calling you after graduation—the industry, healthcare, education, mission field—our outstanding faculty will mentor you and help you prepare for your career.
At Taylor, students majoring in Engineering or Physics have access to a wide array of Euler Science Complex’s state-of-the-art equipment and analysis and design software. In addition to using the tools for rigorous classes, students can visit the machine shop, wood shop, and electronics lab to complete research and projects on solar cars, satellites, nano-satellites, and muscle biopsy.
Check out some of the Physics and Engineering equipment and software packages that our majors learn to use:Equipment
- Solar power conversion lab bench
- CO2 cutter and engraver
- 3D printer; fully equipped machine shop and wood shop
- Single-photon detection apparatus
- Well-equipped electronics lab with oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters, and power supplies
- Mechanical CAD
- Electrical CAD
- Math Tools
- Lab Automation Tools
- System Modeling
- Embedded Systems Development