Secondary Education - Physics Concentration

Secondary Education - Physics Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Physics Concentration

Share your passion for physics with middle and high school students.

Become a dynamic physics teacher. Earn your secondary education bachelor's degree with a physics concentration from PennWest California. We have over 165 years of experience preparing top teachers.

In this degree program you will combine fascinating courses in college-level physics, calculus and more with comprehensive classes and field experiences in education and the teaching of science.

Experience how PennWest California excels in teacher education.

  • This undergraduate major meets all education requirements for secondary education certification in Pennsylvania, so you can start teaching right away.
  • You'll participate in three sets of field experiences and will student teach at local Pennsylvania schools.


Top Professors
All PennWest California secondary education faculty members are experienced middle and high school teachers who are involved in Pennsylvania schools. You'll develop professional relationships with professors, benefit from their expertise, and get personal support in achieving your career goals.

Real-World Experience
Before beginning the full-time student teaching component of this program, you will participate in three sets of field experiences in local schools. This helps you excel in student teaching and stand out in the physics education job market.

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Degree Benefits

Undergraduate degree courses will give you mastery of the latest practices and theories in physics education while deepening your discipline-specific expertise.

  • Study physics curriculum development techniques and standards based teaching.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for teaching physics.

  • Deepen your knowledge of calculus, differential equations, physics and other related topics.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience.

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Graduate Outcomes

You will graduate prepared to teach middle and high school physics at public, private, or charter schools. You can also pursue graduate studies in secondary education. Many of our alumni return to PennWest California for a master in teaching degree or a master of education degree. PennWest California secondary education alumni employers include dozens of schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Physics Concentration Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree

Career Opportunities

Physics education is listed as a teacher shortage area in Pennsylvania and most other states. The job market is very strong.


Relationships with Local Schools

Benefit from PennWest California's network of Professional Development Schools (PDS). They serve as the ultimate real-world lab setting where you will work directly with K-12 teachers and students to gain applicable on-the-job experience.


Professional Development Opportunities

You'll have a career advantage by attending PennWest California. Work with a career services counselor who is dedicated to secondary education majors. Attend professional development and networking events, and have access to the Student PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) Club.

Physics Concentration Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree Courses

This undergraduate degree program meets all state requirements for secondary education teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Our rigorous courses will deepen your physics knowledge while equipping you with the latest theories and practices in teaching physics.


Course Credits
General Education Courses 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I 
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 281  Calculus I
Health and Wellness
HSC 315  First Aid
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
PHY 101  College Physics I (lab)
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society
General Education Options
  • PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 
  • MAT 282  Calculus II
  • ENG 102  Composition II
Required Concentration Courses 39
SEC 210  Intro to Secondary Ed 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Instruction 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
SEC 395  Teaching of Science  3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessment and Interventions 3
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching 12
Required Education Foundation Courses* 6
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Interventions 3
ESP 413  Evidence-Based Practices 3
Related Content Courses 36
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
MAT 382  Calculus IV 3
MAT 406  Differential Equations 3
PHY 202  College Physics II 4
PHY 203  College Physics III  4
PHY 221  Intermediate Elect and Mag 4
PHY 301  Intermediate Mechanics 4
PHY 331  Modern Physics 3
PHY 495  Physics Seminar 1
CHE 101  Gen Chemistry I 4
Science Elective 3
Total 122

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): SEC 461 Student Teaching
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): SEC 420 Assessment and Interventions AND SEC 460 Professional Practices
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Student Selected (science recommended)

* EDU 333, 310, 350; PSY 206; and ESP 210 fulfill general education requirements but are also considered "Required Education Foundation Courses."

Program Notes: This is a professional program. All courses listed as program requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Math and English courses must also be passed with a grade of C or higher. Many SEC courses are linked to include field experiences and must be taken together as co-requisites. LiveText software is a requirement of this program. The science electives start with CHE, PHY, BIO or EAS.

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