The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) has been working to address the dramatic shortage of qualified teachers of physics and physical science in the United States. It has done this by experimenting with and refining models of teacher education programs, by disseminating information about innovative programs to the physics community, and by working directly with physics departments to engage them in a full spectrum of activities necessary to educate and encourage these teachers.
The goal of the CSULB PhysTEC project is to improve and promote the future education of future physics and physical science teachers. CSULB undergraduate and graduate students who are interested or committed to teaching high school physics are encouraged to join.
Training in physics is empowering and opens the door to career opportunities in areas including science, technology, engineering, medicine, finance, journalism and public policy - more opportunities, in fact, than training in just about any other discipline. An undergraduate physics degree is also great preparation for graduate or professional studies in almost any field. CSULB's Physics Department offers a wide range of courses and programs to match your interests.
Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science.
Physics is the basis for most modern technology, and for the tools and instruments used in scientific, engineering and medical research and development. Manufacturing is dominated by physics-based technology.
Physics opens the door to many career options. More options, in fact, than almost any other college subject. Conversely, not taking physics closes the door to more career options. You can't become an engineer or a doctor without physics; you’re far less likely to get a job in teaching; your video games will be boring and your animated movies won’t look realistic; and your policy judgments on global warming will be less compelling.
Physics teachers, especially at the high school level, are critical in helping young people to learn and explore physics, and to gain the skills and confidence required to pursue further study and physics-related careers.
The US is in desperate need of qualified physics teachers, for those with a solid grasp of physics and an inventive mind. Graduating physics teachers don't ask "Can I get a job?", but "Which job offer should I take?"
Teaching high school physics can be a highly rewarding experience with lots of excitement and problem solving. It is a career in which you can make a difference in an immediately tangible way and inspire students to see the world in a new way.
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