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Physics Education

Program(s) Available: B.S.Ed., Minor

Calling all innovators and problem-solvers! Do you have a fascination with research? Question the Big Bang theory? Then put on that lab coat and see what Northwest's physics education program is all about!

Why Study Physics Education at Northwest

Physics education majors at Northwest study the physics curriculum and learn methods to apply it in the classroom. This major prepares students to teach all physics courses at the secondary education level (grades 9-12).

At Northwest, we believe hands-on experience is the foundation to jumpstart your future career. Students will be required to lead content practicum during which students prepare labs for instructors and teach two lab classes at Northwest. In addition, education practicum courses are "clinical hours" in a high school where students observe, teach and assist high school teachers. One semester of observation occurs at a high school of the student’s choice.

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Physics Education B.S.Ed

A Bachelor of Science Education in physics is available at Northwest. (Certifies grades 9-12)

View the 4-year plan or catalog for courses and more information. 

physics Education 4-YEAR PLAN (B.S.Ed)

Minor program

A minor in physics education is designed as a supplement to any education major and certifies students to teach high school physics. Faculty focus on Newton’s Laws and fundamental laws of physics, electricity, magnetism and theoretical physics. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. (Certifies Grades 9-12)

For a list of required courses, visit the Academic Catalog.

Career Opportunities

  • High school physics teacher
  • Physics curriculum instructor
  • Educational research

What Can I Do With a Major in Physics Education?

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area (MOERA) – more than 320 acres of land dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities for students, including a small astronomy observatory and outdoor telescope viewing area.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a semester-long placement in grades 9-12 during a student’s senior year. During this time, they observe teachers and professionals, prepare lesson plans and teach consecutive lessons.

Student Teaching
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