College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2013-2014
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Secondary Education - Physics, Bachelor of Science in Education
This degree is intended for secondary education students whose primary emphasis/teaching area is physics. This academic plan also prepares you to obtain additional certification in mathematics or chemistry. This plan meets or exceeds the No-Child-Left-Behind "highly qualified" national and state standards. This plan gives you the tools to open the minds of high-school students to the wonders of the universe as seen through the practical eyes of physics.
This program is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association.
This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education - Physics?
If you have a fascination with physics and a passion for helping others understand it, you may enjoy a career in teaching high school physics. Earning a degree in secondary education and physics could be the best way to get there.
While you develop expertise in physics, you’ll also take course preparing you to develop curriculum and make your classroom a productive environment for your students. Enjoy a rigorous but collaborative learning environment, where you’ll graduate ready to put your new-found knowledge to work shaping the educational experiences of generations to come.
Note: You must apply and be accepted to the College of Education’s teacher education program in addition to being admitted to the university.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Secondary school teacher
- Reading specialist
- Curriculum specialist
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- School psychologist
- Curriculum specialist
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 78 units of major requirements including at least 12-14 units of concentration requirements in mathematics or chemistry.
- At least 31 units of Mathematics and Science Teaching requirements .
- Be aware that you may not use courses with a PHY prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements. Required courses in this major also satisfy 16 of your 35 liberal studies units. See your advisor for details.
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units.
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 238|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
Additional Admission Requirements
Admission requirements over and above admisssion to NAU are required.
To be eligible for admission to the teacher education program, candidates must meet the following requirements and apply for the program online.
30 units of coursework which includes:
- TSM 101 and TSM 102 with grades of "C" or better
- Program Mathematics Foundations requirement with a grade of "C" or better
- The English foundations requirement (ENG 105 or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
- Completion of or enrollment in TSM 300, Knowing and Learning
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all content major coursework (must have taken at least 6 units) AND one of the following grade point average requirements:
- A cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
- A cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
- You must be declared in this major
- Completion of a teacher-education orientation for Secondary Education
- Submission of a copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card, obtainable through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (602-223-2279)
Take the following 78 - 81 units:
Physics/Chemistry (14 units)
Physics/Mathematics (12 units)
- MAT 185 (3 units)
- MAT 401 or MAT 402 (3 units)
- MAT 365 or MAT 320W (3 units)
- Select one of the following: MAT 226, STA 270, STA 275 (3 units)
Mathematics and Science Teaching Courses (31 units)
Note: Together, TSM 496C and TSM 495C meet Northern Arizona University's senior capstone requirement.
In order to be approved for student teaching, you must complete the following 15 units, earning a grade of "B" or better in four of the five courses and earning a "C" or better in the remaining course.
In all of our teacher education programs, you are required to apply for, and complete a student teaching or internship experience. Applications are due one year prior to the student teaching semester. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.
Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:
- Admission to the teacher education program
- NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C"
- Complete all plan requirements.
- Take the appropriate AEPA Subject Knowledge test.
- All major coursework, with the exception of TSM 101, must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
- All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
Note: Together, TSM 496C and (TSM 495C or ECI 495C) meet Northern Arizona University's senior capstone requirement.
For the teacher-preparation portion of the plan, you must have an academic advisor in both your major department and in the NAUTeach program.
Arizona Teacher Certification
In order to obtain an Arizona teaching certificate you must pass both the appropriate National Evaluation Series subject matter test and the National Evaluation Series Secondary Assessment Professional Knowledge.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
- Please note that you may take as an elective POS 220 (or POS 110 and POS 241), which satisfies the state and federal constitution requirement for Arizona certification, or you may meet the requirement by demonstrating proficiency on a special exam.
- You may not count more than one "D" toward the major and emphasis requirements for this degree.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
This degree plan is supported through the NAUTeach program.
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