Secondary Education B.S.Ed. (Emphasis Physics - Certification Track)

Certification Track

Degree Requirements: 125 Credit Hours

Additional admission requirements must be met to enter the Secondary Education B.S.Ed. Concentration in Physics Education, Certification Track (See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements). Students seeking teacher certification are first admitted to the Professional Studies Secondary Education B.S.Ed. Concentration in Physics Education, Non-Certification Track. Upon meeting B.S.Ed. teacher education admission requirements at the completion of Area F, students will be admitted to the certification track. Successful completion of all program requirements and all Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification requirements will prepare an individual to gain teacher certification in Georgia.

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Pre-Professional Block
EDUC   2090PPB Practicum 0
EDUC   2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC   2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts 3
Other Courses to Teaching Field12
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Calculus II
Specific Requirements7
Astronomy of the Solar System
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Astronomy Lab
Professional Education37
Exploring Learning and Teaching
Planning and Instruction for Secondary Educators
Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools
Secondary School Practicum I
Instructional Assessment for Diverse Learners
Content Specific Pedagogy for Secondary Education
Student Teaching Seminar in Secondary Education
Secondary School Practicum II
Student Teaching Residency I
Student Teaching in Secondary Education
Introduction to SPED in Middle and Secondary Grades
Major Requirements
ASTR   3790Teaching Internship in Astronomy 2
or PHYS   3790 Teaching Internship in Physics
MATH   1441Calculus I (Carry-over from A2)1
PHYS   3536Modern Physics I3
PHYS   3537Modern Physics II3
PHYS   4421Advanced Physics Lab I2
Select 6 credit hours from the following electives:6
The Search for Life in the Universe
Galactic Astronomy
Observational Techniques in Astronomy
Analytical Chemistry
Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics
Introduction to Quantum Chemistry
Sound Waves and Acoustics
Introduction to General Relativity
Total Credit Hours125

Program Admission Criteria

See B.S.Ed. Teacher Education Admission Requirements.

  • Must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate.

Other Program Requirements

  • Must meet all requirements for retention in the Teacher Education Program.
  • Must earn a minimum grade of "C" on all courses in Area F of the Core, the teaching field, and professional education; earn an adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher in the teaching field; and maintain overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • Must earn a minimum grade of "B'" or better in SPED 3332 Introduction to SPED in Middle and Secondary Grades.
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences.
  • Must take courses in the proper sequence.
  • Courses in Area F must be taken prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program.
  • Take only one practicum course per semester.
  • Must meet requirements for admission to Student Teaching, (see catalog section, Admission to Student Teaching).
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.
  • Must take the following courses on home campus:  SCED 3121, SCED 3237, SCED 3721, SCED 4137, SCED 4231, SCED 4632, SCED 4732, SCED 4739, and SCED 5799.

Honors in Secondary Education

To graduate with Honors in Secondary Education, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors program;
  • successfully complete at least four credit hours of Honors Research Seminar Education (COED   3610) over four semesters;
  • successfully complete and present as Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.