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TUteach - Physics

Dr. Douglas Baird, Program Co-Director

College of Science and Technology

Carnell Hall, Suite 400

215-204-2888 

dbaird@temple.edu

Ms. Linda Jones, Program Co-Director

College of Education

Ritter Annex, Room 433

215 204-9165

lcjones@temple.edu

Ms. Kathleen McKinley, Master Teacher/Faculty Advisor

College of Science and Technology

Barton Hall, Room A306

215-204-3628

kathleen.mckinley@temple.edu

Lisa Mathason, TUteach Advisor

College of Science and Technology

1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 203

215-204-2890

lisa.mathason@temple.edu

Dr. Rongjia Tao, Chair

Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski, Content Advisor
Barton Hall, Room A225
215-204-7639
zbig.dziembowski@temple.edu

Physics with Teaching

 

The B.S. with Teaching in Physics is part of Temple's innovative "TUteach" teacher-training program.  The B.S. with Teaching provides broad training in Physics, and prepares students for a career in secondary school teaching. The education courses in the B.S. with Teaching include supervised teaching in school district classrooms and emphasize inquiry-based approaches to learning. Students in the B.S. with Teaching degree program become eligible for a Pennsylvania teacher certification when they complete all the requirements for the degree that include theoretical and practical courses in education specifically designed for science and mathematics majors.  In order to be recommended for Pennsylvania teacher certification, students must graduate with 1) a B.S with Teaching degree 2) a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and 3) earn passing scores on the state-required Praxis I and Praxis II tests.

Students are encouraged to stay on track to graduate with an overall GPA of 3.0 by meeting once each semester with a TUteach advisor and by meeting the prerequisite GPA for required courses. GPA and prerequisite course requirements insure that students are well prepared for the significant amounts of supervised classroom teaching required in advanced courses. Attention is specifically directed to the prerequisites required to enroll in Project-Based Instruction [Math Education (Secondary) 4189 or Science Education (Secondary) 4189], an advanced course required in all TUteach degrees and recommended to be taken in either the fifth or seventh semester.  The prerequisites for this course include entering the course with a GPA of 3.0 and having earned passing scores on the PAPA Test ("Basic Knowledge:" reading, writing, and mathematics).

 

Bachelor of Science

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

1. University Requirements (124 total s.h.)

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: Earth & Environmental Science 2096, Earth & Environmental Science 4096, Philosophy 2196, Physics 2796, Physics 4796 and Secondary Education 3796.
  • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
    • The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

2. College Requirements

  • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (85 s.h.)*

  • Three (3) Mathematics courses are required (12 s.h.): Mathematics 1041, 1042 and 2043.
  • Eleven (11) Physics courses are required (38 s.h.): Physics 1061 or 2021, 1062 or 2022, 2101, 2502, 2796, 3091, 3301, 4796 and three (3) Physics electives.  The three physics electives must be selected from the following list: Physics 0846, 2501, 3101, 3302, 3701, 4101, 4301, 4302, 4701 or 4702.
  • Two (2) sequenced science courses outside the Department of Physics are required (8 s.h.): Biology 1011 and 1012, Biology 1111 and 2112, Chemistry 1031/1033 and 1032/1034 or Earth & Environmental Science 2001 and an Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Elective.
  • Two (2) College of Science & Technology courses are required (2 s.h.): College of Science & Technology 1189 and 1289.
  • Three (3) Education courses are required (10 s.h.): Education 2179, 4388 and 4802.
  • Two (2) Mathematics or Science Education (Secondary) courses are required (6 s.h.): Math/Science Education (Secondary) 2189 and 4189.
  • One (1) Secondary Education course is required (3 s.h.): Secondary Education 3796.
  • One (1) Special Education course is required (3 s.h.): Special Education 2231.
  • One (1) Philosophy course is required (3 s.h.): Philosophy 2196.

* Note: The certification requirements need to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and are subject to change. All students are strongly recommended to check with the TUteach Advisor in the College of Science and Technology, to affirm the requirements that pertain to their specific major.  In addition, students should check the Undergraduate Bulletin web site for the most current information about these programs (Academic Programs section), or the TUteach web site at: https://tuteach.cst.temple.edu/.

It is also recommended that all students meet with an advisor before enrolling in classes specific to these majors and leading to certification as a teacher. This is to assure that a candidate's intended program of study will be compatible with the new requirements.

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Year 1 – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
 
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4  
College of Science & Technology 1189 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching 1  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 1 – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4  
College of Science & Technology 1289 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design with Strategies for English Learners 1  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 2 – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics 2043 Calculus III 4  
Education 2179 Knowing & Learning in Mathematics & Science 3  
Special Education 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 2 – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Physics 2101 Classical Mechanics (S) 3  
Physics 2502 Mathematical Physics (S) 4  
Physics 2796 Introduction to Modern Physics (S) 4 WI
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     17  
 
Year 3 – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Physics 3301 Electricity & Magnetism (F) 4  
Physics   Physics Elective^^ 3  
Science   Sequenced Science Part 1^ 4  
Secondary Education 3796 Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12 3 WI
Philosophy 2196 Perspectives on Science & Mathematics (F) 3 WI
Subtotal     17  
 
Year 3 – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Physics   Physics Elective^^ 3  
Physics 3091 Research Methods (S) 3  
Physics 4796 Experimental Physics (S) 3 WI
Math Education (Secondary)
    or
Science Education (Secondary)
2189 Classroom Interactions 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     4  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Physics   Physics Elective^^ 3  
Science   Sequenced Science Part 2^ 4  
Math Education (Secondary)
    or
Science Education (Secondary)
4189 Project-Based Instruction (F) 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Education 4388 TUteach Apprentice Teaching 6  
Education 4802 TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar 1  
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     10  
         
Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Physics with Teaching 85  
General Education / Elective Credits 39  
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 124  

(F) - Fall only course.

(S) - Spring only course.

Students who complete TUteach majors typically receive a waiver for 1 Human Behavior (GB), 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.

 

^Sequenced Science Options

Students are required to take a two-semester sequence of laboratory science electives not within physics.  The science courses can be chosen from Biology, Chemistry or Earth & Environmental Science from the following list:

Science Electives      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology

Biology
1011

1012
General Biology I
     and
General Biology II
4

4
 
         OR    
Biology

Biology
1111

2112
Introduction to Biology
     and
Introduction to Biology
4

4
 
          OR    
Chemistry

Chemistry
1031 & 1033

1032 & 1034
General Chemistry I and Lab
     and
General Chemistry II and Lab
4

4
 
          OR    
Earth & Environmental Science

Earth & Environmental Science
2001

2002+ Elective
Physical Geology
     and
2002+ Earth & Environmental Science Elective
4

4


 

^^Physics Electives

Students are required to take three advanced physics electives selected from the following list:

 
Physics Electives      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Physics 0846 The Universe As We Know It 3 GS
Physics 2501 Computing for Scientists (F) 3  
Physics 3101 Analytical Mechanics (F) 3  
Physics 3302 Classical Electromagnetism (S) 3  
Physics 3701 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (S) 3  
Physics 4101 Thermodynamics & Kinetic Theory (F) 3  
Physics 4301 Electronics (S) 3  
Physics 4302 Optics (F) 3  
Physics 4701 Introduction to Solid State Physics (S) 3  
Physics 4702 Introduction to Atomic, Nuclear, & Particle Physics (F) 3  

 

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include Mathematics 1022, for example.

 

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in Physics with Teaching, students must:

1. Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better for the aggregate of courses required for the major.

2. Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better in the content area courses required for the major.

3. Achieve a 3.91 GPA in the following courses: Math/Science Education (Secondary) 2189: Classroom Interactions; Math/Science Education (Secondary) 4189: Project-Based Instruction; Education 4802: TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar; and Education 4388: TUteach Apprentice Teaching.

4. Write a final research paper in a topic combining both major content and pedagogy. They must present their research for evaluation and present at a departmental research poster session before graduation. Consult the undergraduate TUteach advisor for more details.

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