Member Institution Grove City College
Grove City College
Shane C. Brower,
Chair, Dept. of Physics
Doris J. Wagner
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We have had a Secondary Education concentration in our B.S. degree for over 25 years, and annually graudate 2-4 physics majors with this concentration. These students graduate with the coursework necessary for certification, and almost all have gone on to successfull careers in secondary physics education.
At the moment, we have an informal requirement for all physics majors with the Sec. Ed concentration to do at least one semester of work with our PER specialist, and we would like to formalize this requirement in the near future. In addition, we are beginning to reach out to local and regional physics teachers in need of coursework necessary for certification to teach H.S. physics. We look forward to expanding our efforts in this area in the future.
Membership in PTEC will assist our students in staying abreast of the latest developments in physics education, and will help keep them aware of the various opportunities to conduct/present PER research. It will also give our department a more formalized presence in the Physics Education community, making it easier to recruit students interested in Physics education at the secondary level.