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  Assessment Plan - Teaching Degrees

 
The physics teaching degrees are the BS in Physics Teaching and the BS in Composite Teaching-Physical Science.  The two degrees require a relatively small number of physics courses in conjunction with the requirements and evaluations provided by the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). A summary of the STEP assessment plan can be found here. The principal goal of our program relative to these degrees is to give students a foundation in physics adequate to prepare them to teach science.


Learning Objectives
:

  1. To be able to teach physics at an introductory level to non-science majors.
  2. To satisfy Utah educational standards for a secondary science teacher with a physics emphasis.



Assessment Plan
:

  • Each student in either of the teaching degrees must have a graded teaching experience.  This addresses Learning Objective 1.
  • Each student must take the Praxis examination in the physics certification areas.  This addresses Learning Objectives 1 and 2.