Supported Site California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Long Beach
Professor Chuhee Kwon
Professor Laura Henriques
Professor Galen T. Pickett
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California State University Long Beach (CSULB) is a large comprehensive university located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area with a population of nearly 33,000. CSULB prepares 6% of California’s secondary science teachers, as well as a large number of pre-secondary teachers, and is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The university has a Science Education Department situated with the Physics Department in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and this department has hosted several funded projects to support future science teachers, including a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.
The CSULB PhysTEC project aims to increase the number of physics majors earning teaching credentials at CSULB by active recruiting, early teaching experience opportunities, and continuing support structures for all levels of teachers. Participating students will be identified as “PhysTEC Scholars,” and will participate in a Learning Assistant program as well as courses designed to provide early teaching experiences and physics discipline-specific teaching methodology.
Goals and Outcomes
The major goal of the CSULB PhysTEC project is to increase the number of secondary physics teachers being credentialed by CSULB who have a degree in physics. We plan to develop, over time, a cohort of participants identified as PhysTEC Scholars, providing an easily recognized support group and identification with the project within both departments. Five action plans to accomplish the goal are
(1) actively recruiting physics majors to the teaching credential program,
(2) creating multi-level entrance opportunities to the credential program and developing PHYS courses with early teaching experiences,
(3) providing various support structures for the PhysTEC Scholars interested in/pursuing the secondary physics teaching credential at CSULB,
(4) building into the Physics degree curriculum overlapping requirements for the credential to expose students to the teaching profession, and (5) building a relationship between local high school teachers and physics department faculty.