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Physics Education

UD physics education students collaborate on a student-teaching assigment

STUDY PHYSICS AND LEARN TO TEACH IT

Physicists investigate the fundamental properties of our physical world and develop a quantitative understanding of its phenomena with the scale of the investigations ranging from the sub-atomic to the transgalactic. Physics and astronomy have had a profound impact on how we perceive the universe and our position in it. The Secondary Science Education major at the University of Delaware offers students interested in teaching middle or high school science the opportunity to study their scientific area of interest—like physics—while also learning about and practicing the best teaching methods.

RELATED MAJORS

Physics

Astronomy

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Atomic Physics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Space Physics
  • Learning Science
  • Adolescent Development
  • Teaching Methods
  • Biophysics
  • Particle Physics
  • Laser Physics

CAREER OPTIONS

  • High School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Department Chair
  • Teacher Leader
  • Principal
  • Instructional Coach
  • Textbook Author

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Science Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Technology
  • Counseling
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Educational Leadership

What’s special about this program?

The Secondary Science Education Program has a partnership agreement with a local school district. Science teachers collaborate with university personnel to provide an innovative science education program that culminates in a capstone experience of student teaching. The Secondary Science Education Program has led the university in using coteaching as a model for student teaching. This innovative approach on learning to teach emphasizes professional collaborations between students and teachers. Physics education students are introduced to STEM and various education technologies to enhance their teaching practice. The university’s clinical faculty oversee the physics education students’ field experiences and provide professional development to the district’s science teachers.

Sample curriculum

FALL

PHYS207 and PHYS227 (lab)

 

Fundamentals of Physics I (and lab)

 

PHYS169

Perspectives on Physics and Astronomy

 

MATH241 or MATH231 and MATH232

 

Analytical Geometry and Calculus A or Integrated Calculus IA and Integrated Calculus IB

 

CHEM103 and CHEM133 (lab)

 

General Chemistry (and lab)

 

UNIV101

First Year Experience I

 

   

SPRING

PHYS208 and PHYS228 (lab)

 

Fundamentals of Physics II (and lab)

 

MATH242

 

Analytic Geometry and Calculus B

 

CHEM104 and CHEM134

 

General Chemistry (and lab)

 

ENGL110

 

Seminar in Composition

 

Foreign Language Requirement (1/3)

 

 

FALL

PHYS211

Oscillations and Waves

 

Physics Elective

PHYS310 - Introduction to Thermal Physics (Recommended)

 

MATH243

Analytical Geometry and Calculus C

 

Foreign Language Requirement (2/3)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (1/9)

 

 

SPRING

PHYS309

Physics of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

 

Physics Elective

PHYS209 - Aspects of Modern Physics (Recommended)

 

Foreign Language Requirement (3/3)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (2/9)

 

 
CISC106

General Computer Science for Engineers

 

FALL

Physics Elective

PHYS424 - Quantum Mechanics I (Recommended)

 

EDUC413

Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology (DLE Requirement)

 

MATH302

Ordinary Differential Equations

 

University Breadth Requirement (3/9)

 

Second Writing Requirement

 

University Breadth Requirement (4/9)  

SPRING

Physics Elective

PHYS333 - Fundamentals of Astrophysics

 

EDUC414

Teaching Exceptional Adolescents

 

Physics Elective

PHYS313 - Physical Optics (Recommended)

 

University Breadth Requirement (5/9)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (6/9)

 

 

FALL

EDUC420

Reading in the Content Areas

 

SCEN491

Teaching Science in Secondary Schools

 

University Breadth Requirement (7/9)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (8/9)

 

 
EDUC419

Diversity in Secondary Education (Multicultural Requirement)

 

SPRING

EDUC400

Student Teaching (Capstone)

 

University Breadth Requirement (9/9)

 

 

Free Elective (1/1)

 

 

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