College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2014-2015

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).

Careers

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 (middle or high school) physics teacher
  • Tutor
  • Reading specialist
  • Curriculum specialist

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Superintendent


University Requirements

  • 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.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 76 units of major requirements
  • At least 31 units of Mathematics and Science Teaching requirements
  • Up to 9 units of liberal studies requirements can have the same prefix as the major. 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.

TSM 350, TSM 404, TSM 450, TSM 495C, TSM 496C, BME 437

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 239
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
University Honors Program Optional
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Student Learning Outcomes

Secondary Education in Physics
Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium

  • Design instruction that develops all students’ abilities to meet academic standards
  • Reflect on teaching practices including the creation of a classroom environment based on respect and rapport that fosters a positive climate for learning, equity, and excellence.
  • Create and maintain a learning climate that supports the development of all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
  • Implement and manage instruction that develops all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
  • Assess learning and communicate results to all students, parents and other appropriate professionals with respect to all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, parents the community and other appropriate agencies to design, implement, and support learning that supports all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
  • Review and evaluate personal performance in order to improve teaching practices through reflection.
  • Develop and nurture current professional knowledge of the teaching/learning process.
  • Provide evidence of student learning through the design and implementation of instruction that makes use of effective communication techniques, is based on student prior knowledge, actively engages students in the learning process, and provides timely high-quality feedback.
  • Reflect on the roles and responsibilities and adhere to legal and ethical requirements of the profession.
  • In collaboration with other professionals, participate in the design, implementation, and assessment of individual education programs.
  • Provide evidence of meeting the Arizona Professional Teaching Standards by taking the AEPA Secondary Professional Knowledge exam.
  • Core Knowledge in Physics:
    • Energy, work, and power
    • Motion, major forces, and momentum
    • Newtonian physics w/ engineering applications
    • Conservation mass, momentum, energy, and charge
    • Physical properties of matter: solids, liquids, and gases
    • Kinetic-molecular motion and atomic models
    • Radioactivity, nuclear reactors, fission, and fusion
    • Wave theory, sound, light, the electromagnetic spectrum and optics
    • Electricity and magnetism
    • Fundamental processes of investigating in physics
    • Applications of physics in environmental quality and to personal and community health
  • Advanced Competencies in Physics
    • Thermodynamics and energy-matter relationships
    • Nuclear physics including matter-energy duality and reactivity
    • Angular rotation and momentum, centripetal forces, and vector analysis
    • Quantum mechanics, space-time relationships, and special relativity
    • Models of nuclear and subatomic structures and behavior
    • Light behavior, including wave-particle duality and models
    • Electrical phenomena including electric fields, vector analysis, energy, potential, capacitance, and inductance
    • Issues related to physics such as disposal of nuclear waste, light pollution, shielding communication systems and weapons developments
    • Historical development and cosmological perspectives in physics including contributions of significant figures and underrepresented groups, and evolution of theories in physics
    • How to design, conduct, and report research in physics
    • Applications of physics and engineering in society, business, industry, and health fields
  • General Supporting Competencies
    • Biology: Organization of life; Bioenergetics; Biomechanics; Cycles of matter
    • Chemistry: Organization of matter and energy; Electrochemistry; Thermodynamics; Bonding
    • Earth Sciences: Structure of the universe; Energy; Interactions of matter
    • Mathematics: Statistics; Use of differential equations; Calculus

Details

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)
Major Requirements
  • Mathematics and Science Teaching Courses (31 units)

    • TSM 300 with a grade of "C" or better (3 units)
    • TSM 495C (12 units)
    • TSM 496C with a grade of "B" or better (1 unit)
  • 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.

Teacher Preparation
  • 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.
    • In order to be approved for student teaching, you must complete these five courses, earning a grade of "B" or better in four of the five courses and earning a "C" or better in the remaining course.

  • Note: Together, TSM 496C and TSM 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.

General Electives
  • 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.
Additional Information
    • 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.
     

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