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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is Virginia’s land-grant institution and a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia. Their vision is to establish a vibrant hub for physics teacher education in Virginia, with significant impact on neighboring states and the nation.
The VT PhysTEC Project – a strong and committed collaboration between the Department of Physics and the School of Education – will encompass a vigorous recruitment effort, well coordinated course transformation initiatives, closely mentored early teaching experiences and a learning assistant program, a Teacher in Residence (TIR), and a supportive network for program alumni. Excellent, long-standing interactions with experienced physics teachers and schools across Virginia will help with placing students and provide feedback and advice for the project.
We are already actively engaged in educating future Physics teachers and seek to enhance and improve our offerings and increase the number of graduates. We are developing a partnership with our School of Education and are looking forward to working with schools in the region.