Graduates of the SCSU Physics Education Program enter the classroom as effective, enthusiastic and responsible teachers. Our program ensures you have both the research based based skills and a depth of content knowledge to help change the lives of Connecticut students.
The Curriculum and Learning Department at SCSU strives to include field work components in a majority of the courses in the program. This apprenticeship model of teacher education will finish with a semester of student teaching. Qualified candidates will have earned the opportunity to successfully complete two eight-week student teaching placements.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 for all undergraduate courses
- Take Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT to satisfy the State Board of Education competency examination requirement.
- Complete an essay
- Submit two letters of reccomendation
- Have a personal interview
- MAT 105- Mathematics for Elementary Education I
- SED 225- Introduction to Eceptionalities
- ENG 122- Writing Arguments
- EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society
48 Credits Required
Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.
While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:
Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II
Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health
Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 206 – Principles of Early Childhood Education (‘C’ or better)
Tier 3 – Capstone:
EDU 322 – Family, School, and Community Partnerships (‘C’ or better)
Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)
Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.
Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.
51 Credits Required
27 Credits Required
PHY 230 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers I ('C-' or better)
PHY 231 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers II ('C-' or better)
PHY 309 — Modern Physics ('C-' or better)
PHY 370 — Modern Physics Laboratory ('C-' or better)
PHY 400 - Classical Mechanics I
PHY 406 - Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 461 — Methods in Physics Research
Select an additional 6 credits of PHY
Since all 100-level courses are introductory, a student may not receive credit for more than one of PHY 100, 101, 103, and 111.
24 Credits Required
EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 413 – Secondary Education
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success (formerly IDS 471)
RDG 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas (formerly IDS 470)
SCE 490 – Science (Secondary School)
SCE 494 – Student Teaching (Science)
SCE 496 – Student Teaching Seminar (Science)
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom