Secondary Education B.S.Ed. (Emphasis in Physics - 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
Specific Requirements (Area A2-Quantitative Skills)
Calculus I (Recommended)
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Pre-Professional Block
PPB Practicum
Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts
Other Courses to Teaching Field
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Calculus II
If Other Courses to Teaching Field have been taken in Area D, Select one CHEM or MATH (1000-2000 level course)
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 Requirements17
Teaching Internship in Astronomy
Teaching Internship in Physics
Calculus I (Carry-over from A2-1 hour)
Modern Physics I
Modern Physics II
Advanced Physics Lab I
Select 6 credit hours from the following electives:
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 and qualify for a Georgia Preservice Certificate.
  • 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 higher in Introduction to SPED in Middle and Secondary Grades (SPED   3332).
  • Must successfully complete all field experiences.
  • Must take courses in the proper sequence. Please note: some courses may only be offered on the Statesboro Campus. 
  • 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.

Honors in Secondary Education

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

  • be admitted to the Honors College;
  • 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 Honors College at the time of graduation.


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