May 25, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Physics (MAT-ED SPH) or Physical Science (MAT-ED SPS) Concentration

The MAT Physics or Physical Science Program, leading to initial teaching certification in Physics or Physical Science grades 6-12, is a full time 45-47 hour program. The program is designed for a qualified student to begin in the Fall semester and finish at the end of the following second Winter semester. Primarily, admission to the program will be in Spring/Summer, with coursework to begin in September. The program is intended for students with a BA or BS in Physics, Physical Science, and/or Integrated Science or General Science, or an equivalent degree (e.g., Engineering) who wish to earn a State of Michigan teacher certification.

The following are qualifications for admission to the MAT - Secondary Physics or Physical Science Concentration Program:

  1. Physics: An undergraduate degree in physics or closely related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of 30 semester hours in physics coursework is required and must include:

    • Calculus based mechanics, heat and sound & electricity and light (2 semester sequences)

    • Astronomy with laboratory

    • Intermediate mechanics and laboratory

    • Electricity and magnetism

    • Heat and thermodynamics

    • Modern physics and laboratory

  2. Physical Science: An undergraduate degree in physics, chemistry, physical science or closely related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of 54 semester hours in physical science coursework is required and must include:

    • Introductory astronomy

    • General chemistry with laboratory (two course sequence)

    • Organic chemistry and laboratory

    • Chemistry quantitative analysis

    • Biochemistry

    • Earth Science - Earth Systems

    • Physics: mechanics, heat and sound & electricity and light (2 semester sequence)

    • Modern physics and laboratory

    • Thermodynamics

    • A biology course

  3. Minimum grade point average 2.75 or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work;

  4. Two letters of recommendation, including one from a college professor, which speak to the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate level work as well as their capacity to work as a secondary school teacher;

  5. Pass on all sections of MTTC Basic Skills Test;

  6. Attendance of a MAT orientation meeting and completion of an on-demand writing assessment;

  7. A completed Graduate Admission Application Form and application fee;

  8. If applicable, submission of evidence of English language proficiency as documented by official test scores on the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS;

  9. And a signed statement requiring civil/criminal conviction(s).

Program Total: 45-47 hours


* Either this course or PHY 515 Atomic and Nuclear Physics I (2 hrs) may be taken, with departmental permission
** Either this course or PHY 516 Atomic and Nuclear Physics II (2 hrs) may be taken, with departmental permission

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