Currently we have two physics majors in our new Adolescent/Young Adult (grades 7-12) licensure program in Physics, and two additional physics majors are potentially interested in teaching high school physics.
In 2010, Wittenberg received a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship award to prepare science and math teachers for high-need school districts. Two physics majors are already receiving support from this grant. In addition, Wittenberg has recently been awarded a grant from the Choose Ohio First program for additional scholarship support for pre-service science and math teachers.
With the new licensure program and the scholarship support available, we expect student interest in physics teaching careers to continue to grow.
Although our licensure program is recent, a number of our physics graduates have become teachers over the years--four physics majors from the last decade are teaching high school physics and math, another is currently in a teacher preparation program, and another is involved in environmental education for a non-profit organization.
Also, the department has for many years taught physics and astronomy courses required for pre-service middle-school science and math teachers at Wittenberg.