Thinking about teaching physics?
One part of preparing to teach physics is a strong preparation in the subject. The best content preparation is a major in physics. If you are unable to major or minor in physics, you can still teach physics if you prepare carefully.
To gain a physics endorsement you must demonstrate your subject –matter knowledge in two ways prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program
- You must pass the Washington Educator Skills Test—Endorsements (WEST-E) in physics.
- You must also have taken coursework that prepares you for teaching secondary physics. This generally means at least 5 Puget Sound units in physics. These units should be selected from:
- General Physics. At Puget Sound take: PHYS 121/122: General University Physics OR PHYS 111/112: General College Physics
- Modern Physics: At Puget Sound take: PHYS 221/222: Modern Physics 1 & 2
- Calculus. At Puget Sound take: MATH 180: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
- Topics in Physics: At Puget Sound select from: PHYS 105: Historical Development in the Physical Sciences, PHYS 107: Light and Color, PHYS: 109 Astronomy, PHYS 205: Physics of Music, PHYS 231: Circuits and Electronics, PHYS 299: The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy
- Science, Technology and Society. At Puget Sound take: STS 345: Physics in the Modern World: Copenhagen to Manhattan