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Secondary Education Physics (BS)

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Content Area Courses  

Physics Core: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
PHY 170UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I4
PHY 171UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II4
PHY 172UNIVERSITY PHYSICS III4
PHY 270UNIVERSITY PHYSICS IV4
PHY 300METHODS OF COMPUTATIONAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS I4
PHY 301METHODS OF COMPUTATIONAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS II4
PHY 310MECHANICS I4
Physics Electives: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Physics Electives should be chosen in consultation with the Physics faculty content advisor.

  • PHY elective course 1
  • PHY elective course 2
  • PHY elective course 3
  • PHY elective course 4
Math Core: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
MAT 160CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS I5
MAT 161CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS II5
MAT 162CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS III5
MAT 260MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS I4
MAT 261MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS II4
Chemistry Core: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
CHE 130
CHE 131
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHE 132
CHE 133
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
4
CHE 134
CHE 135
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
4

Introductory Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
SEC 364METHODS: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
SEC 314THE NATURE OF SCIENCE4
SEC 324INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY SCIENCE PEDAGOGY4
SCU 336ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT4
or SCU 337 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Advanced Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 346STRATEGIES FOR MAINSTREAMING AND INCLUSION4
SEC 325LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS4
SEC 374TEACHING THE SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 14
SEC 385TEACHING THE SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 24
SCU 351DOING CRITICAL PRACTITIONER RESEARCH IN EDUCATION 14
SEC 395ASSESSMENT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION4
BBE 301TEACHING ADOLESCENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND DIALECT SPEAKERS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4

Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take SEC 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

Course Title Quarter Hours
SEC 390SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING10
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Physics majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores..
  • Science: Physics Content Area Test (test #116) – assesses knowledge of both life and physical science, including Earth systems, technology, and the universe. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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