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Bachelor of Arts in Physics Education (9-12)

Physics Education majors pursuing a Minnesota teaching license focus on the motion, energy and force of matter. Teaching professionals with this license are prepared to work with learners in grades 9-12, engaging them as they discover the wonders of physics. By adding an endorsement in general science, program completers can also teach science in grades 5-8. Both levels of science are high-demand educational fields.

Why Study Physics Education at St. Thomas?

Graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree and a double major in physics and education. With the major and licensure, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty closely connected with the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom
  • Understand the education system in Minnesota

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Mentored Clinical Practice
  • Courses include a range of physics topics in addition to general chemistry, calculus, curriculum and instruction for science, along with field experience.

    Our faculty are here to develop your four-year plan catered to your personal and professional goals.

    • BA in Physics
    • BA in Secondary Education

    We support you as you develop your teaching skills. Throughout your student teaching, you’ll have regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers. The mentorship you receive will ensure your student teaching experience meets your needs and facilitates your growth, both personally and professionally.

    Course Requirements

    Courses include a range of physics topics in addition to general chemistry, calculus, curriculum and instruction for science, along with field experience.

    Four-Year Plan

    Our faculty are here to develop your four-year plan catered to your personal and professional goals.

    Degrees Awarded

    • BA in Physics
    • BA in Secondary Education

    Mentored Clinical Practice

    We support you as you develop your teaching skills. Throughout your student teaching, you’ll have regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers. The mentorship you receive will ensure your student teaching experience meets your needs and facilitates your growth, both personally and professionally.

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    Career Paths

    • High School Physics Teacher
    • Middle School Science Teacher
    • 5-12 Science Teacher

    Quick Facts

    95%

    of our elementary and secondary teacher candidates pass rates on the Basic Skills and Pedagogy licensure exams on the first try.

    100%

    of our graduates pass the middle school science and reading content exams the first time.

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    Tommies have been named Minnesota Teacher of the year since 2000.