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

  1. You must pass the Washington Educator Skills Test—Endorsements (WEST-E) in physics.
  2. 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