Department of Physics

BA in Physics - Secondary Teacher Education

This track is for students who want to become certified to teach grades 7-12 physical sciences in Maine. Interested students should see the secondary education physics coordinator upon acceptance at USM, matriculation, upon choosing a physics major, or as early in their academic studies at USM as possible. The curriculum for this track is designed to provide prospective 7-12 teachers a strong academic foundation in physical sciences along with a continuous focus on both the theory and practice of teaching through a sequence of pre-internship education courses and field experiences. The degree has four components: USM Core curriculum, a physics major, professional education courses, and electives totaling 120 credit hours.

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108 - Culture, Identity, and Education (recommended) (3 cr.)
  • EDU 100 - Exploring Teaching (recommended) (3 cr.)
  • College Writing - ENG 100 (3 cr.)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr.)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - MAT 152 Calculus A (4 cr.)
  • Creative Expression - EDU 230 Teaching through the Arts (recommended) (3 cr.)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis - HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development (3 cr.)
  • Science Exploration - PHY 121/PHY 114 General Physics I & Lab (5 cr.)
  • Ethics - EDU 310 Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy (3 cr.)
  • Cluster - EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education, and SED 420 Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (9 cr.)
  • Diversity and International met with EDU 305 and EDU 310 respectively

Major Requirements:

Students complete the major requirements for a BA in Physics.

Secondary Teacher Education (7-12) Requirements

All requirements for the Secondary Teacher Education program, including academic requirements, education courses, content requirements, the professional internship year, and declaration and candidacy can be found here.