PHYSICS MAJOR FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING CERTIFICATE (6-12)/BACHELOR OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 69
The Department of Physics features a fully approved Physics program that prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in Illinois public and private schools. The program is approved by the State Teacher Certification Board, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, and includes all the requirements for a major in Physics. Physics majors must declare a major in Secondary Education. See advisors in the Department of Physics and College of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.
Teacher Candidates seeking a Type 09 Teaching Certificate in Science with a designation in Physics must complete the following coursework in the content area as well as professional education courses. For a detailed description of the courses please click on the appropriate link. Only grades of “C” and above are acceptable in professional education courses and in any courses counted toward any endorsement or certificate. A “C-” or lower grade will require that the course be repeated.
I. Core Courses in Physics Major for Teaching Certification (69)
A. Required Physics Courses (29)17-140 Fundamentals of Space Science (1)17-210 General Physics I (3)17-211 General Physics I Lab (1)17-215 General Physics II (3)17-216 General Physics II Lab (1)17-218 General Physics III (3)17-219 General Physics III Lab (1)17-300 Mechanics (4)17-310 Electricity and Magnetism (4)17-340 Modern Physics (4)17-400 Advanced Experimental Physics Lab (4)
B. Other Required Courses (40)02-140 Molecular and Cellular Sciences for Secondary Educators (1)02-142 Environmental Science for Secondary Educators (1)02-144 Fundamentals of Earth Science (1)03-110 General Chemistry I (4)03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)03-115 General Chemistry II (4)03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)13-200 Calculus I (4)13-201 Calculus II (4)13-250 Calculus III (4)13-300 Differential Equations (4)13-305 Linear Algebra (4)13-320 Theories of Geometry (4)70-200 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
C. The advanced writing general education requirement is fulfilled through the successful completion of writing components in Modern Physics (17-340) and Advanced Experimental Physics Lab (17-400).
II. Please see Secondary Education / Bachelor of Arts for required Education courses.