Physics for Teachers Emphasis

Physics for Teachers Area of Emphasis

  1. The required curriculum is specially designed to consist entirely of asynchronous online courses, offering educators the flexibility to acquire a new degree within their own schedule.
  2. The degree does not have to be completed within a two-year period. However, studentsmust maintain 6 graduate credit hours per semester to stay in the program.
  3. This Area of Emphasis, as all of the university’s programs, is covered by the Higher Learning Commission accreditation ( and will not lead to state licensure. Students who don’t already have the credentials for teaching physics in K-12 schools and/or colleges, should apply separately for a license. Details are at:

List of courses:

Physics and Physical Science Core Courses
PS 500Astronomy3
PS 500LAstronomy Laboratory1
PHY 545Math Methods of Physics3
PHY 508Thermal and Stat Physics3
PHY 535Computational Physics3
PHY 547Mechanics for Teachers4
PS 648Mod Physics for Teachers3-5
Any 500-600-level Science courses.
Education Core Courses
EDF 612Educational Evaluation3
EDF 621Educ Research & Writing3
EDF 625Qualitative Research Educ3
CI 549Instr & Clrm Mgt Sec Ed3
CIRG 615Writing in Literacy Curriculum3
CIRG 622Literacy Technology3
Final thesis or, for the non-thesis option, a teacher work sample project