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Physics Teaching Option

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students in labStudents who complete this program have all of the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as a high school physics teacher. After passing the professional exams offered by the state, they will be fully certified to teach. Like all physics majors, students in this program learn physics, mathematics, and the habits of mind that make them thorough professionals. Physics teachers are in great demand nationwide. Students earning their teaching certification in physics can easily find jobs almost anywhere in the country, and experienced physics teachers make more than many people think. The national average salary for physics teachers is over $50,000.

Requirements & Course of Study

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

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Students are expected to apply what they’ve learned in a capstone experience. Students in the physics teaching program may satisfy this requirement either through traditional laboratory-based research or through their student-teaching experience.

Certificate in Physics Teaching

Undergraduate students who are pursuing a major in the sciences and have completed a half of the required courses in the major may evaluate their readiness for admission to the School of Education-Secondary Education Learning to Teach/Teaching to Learn (LTTL) Program.