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Department of Physics

  Data-based decisions - Teaching Degrees         

 



2011-2017

  • The Praxis exam results show a gradual shift from a success rate for physics teaching majors of 50% in 2011 to 100% in 2013 and beyond. This satisfactory situation requires no changes in our program at this time.


2000-2017

  • The PHYS 1200 Course Introductory Physics by Hands-On Exploration teaches basic physics concepts to be used by future teachers.  The students in the course are primarily Elementary Education majors.  Physics Teaching students are offered positions as lab TAs and eventually as Undergraduate Teaching Fellows (UTFs) when their skills warrant.  In a typical semester, there are up to 10 lab TAs and 3 UTFs.  During this time frame, we have switched from optional and irregular mentorship to weekly required meetings.