Physics Major — Secondary Teacher Education Track (6-12)

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Modes of Study
Blended;In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Benefit from our unique approach: We combine teacher preparation courses and student-teaching experience with courses in physics, mechanics, electrodynamics, calculus, and chemistry.
  • Develop expertise in physics and prepare to be an engaging and resourceful physical sciences teacher.
  • Gain more student-teaching experience than any other Maine-based teacher preparation program.
  • Excel with academic advising and professional development — from course selection to the student teaching internship.
  • Collaborate with faculty members as a learning assistant — a paid position where you’ll help fellow students understand introductory physics concepts.
  • Work with state-of-the-art equipment and conduct impactful research in our newly renovated machine shop and lab.
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Extensive classroom experience

We provide practice with grades 6-12 early and often — you’ll start working with students in your first year. During your final year-long student teaching internship, you’ll gain experience in two grade levels.

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Flexible career options

Upon graduation, you’ll qualify for teacher certification in public school grades 6-12 through the Maine Department of Education. Nationally accredited, our Maine certification qualifications are transferable to many other states.

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Program requirements

Share your enthusiasm for the physical sciences and education — prepare to teach middle or high school. We provide a rigorous, authentic learning experience, ensuring you graduate with a solid knowledge base in the classes you’ll teach.

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Offer engaging and rigorous service

Qualified students can apply to become a paid learning assistant who acts as a bridge between faculty and introductory concepts. Become a leader by teaching others and improve the understanding of fundamental physics courses.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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National accreditation & state approval

Our Teacher Education program is nationally accredited by CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and state-approved by the Maine Department of Education.

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Diverse, expert faculty

You’ll study with faculty in both Education and in Biology. This unique approach ensures a superior background in educator preparation and mastery of biological sciences.

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Teacher education program options

Interested in another content area or grade level? We offer 9 different tracks for teaching STEM and liberal arts to middle and high school. You can also major in general education for grades K-6, or prepare to teach world languages, visual or performing arts for PreK-12.

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Next steps

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