Loyola University Maryland

Department of Physics

Physics Teaching Focus

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.