A new model alternative certification program for high school physics teachers: New pathways to physics teacher certification at SUNY-Buffalo State College Documents

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A new model alternative certification program for high school physics teachers: New pathways to physics teacher certification at SUNY-Buffalo State College 

written by Dan MacIsaac

This article describes the need for development and deployment of a new model graduate level alternative certification program for physics teachers at SUNY-Buffalo State College. The Masters of Science Education (Physics with NYSED Transitional B Certification) program accommodates science and engineering professionals with appropriate bachelors degrees who wish to change career paths into physics teaching. The alternative certification program is distinctive in that candidates
minimize their income disruption and bypass student teaching through an intensive full time Spring-Summer introductory component leading to NYSED Transitional B Certification, followed by paid, mentored teaching employment and evening coursework for two calendar years. This alternative certification program is made possible through physics teachers'
summer academy courses, supplemented by regular semester evening course and online offerings. Courses are shared with a second new program - the Masters of Science Education (Physics), which serves already certified science teachers (usually in subjects other than physics) who wish to obtain a master's degree for permanent teacher certification and usually teacher certification in a second discipline -- physics.

Copyright, Dan MacIsaac

Published March 25, 2006
Last Modified September 30, 2006

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Alternative Pathways, Alternative Solutions to Physics Teacher Demand in New York State 

This presentation outlines the alternative physics teacher certification program at SUNY-Buffalo State College.

Copyright, Dan MacIsaac

Published July 28, 2004
Last Modified September 30, 2006

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