The requirements for the Physics Teaching Focus are described below. If you wish to have a career as a physics teacher, more requirements must be fulfilled in order to become certified to teach. See the Career as a Physics Teacher section below and contact the School of Education.
- ED 422 The Teaching of Science or TE 606*
- ED 429 Secondary Methods of Teaching or TE 612*
- ED 391 Physics Research with a focus on physics education research
Choose one of the following:
- ED 205 Educational Psychology or TE 602*
- SE 761 Introduction to Special Education*
- TE 601 Child and Adolescent Development*
Choose two of the following:
- BL 118 Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology and BL 119 Lab
- BL 121 Organismal Biology and BL 126 Lab
- CH 101 General Chemistry I and CH 105 Lab
- CH 102 General Chemistry II and CH 106 Lab
- Education electives to be discussed with the physics and education faculty
Career as a Physics Teacher
To complete the coursework required to become certified to teach on the secondary level, there are two options:
- Complete the additional courses that fulfill a minor in secondary education must be taken. Please consult with faculty from the School of Education. (See requirements under the School of Education, specifically the minor).
- Enroll in Loyola's five-year combined BS/MAT program where the participant receives a Master of Arts in Teaching and a certification to teach physics at the secondary level. Applications are due in the junior year. Please refer to the MAT and the combined BS/MAT websites and contact the chair of the physics department as soon as possible to discuss the graduate courses.