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

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The Master of Arts in Teaching Physics or Physical Science Program, leading to initial teaching certification in Physics or Physical Science Grades 6-12, is a 37-38 credit hour program. 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 teacher certification with the State of Michigan.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission

  • Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  • Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level.
  • Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meeting the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments, and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program;
  • Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience, and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.
  • Freedom from civil/criminal convictions, academic probation, or administrative probation; ICHAT Criminal Background Check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions; For any civil/criminal conviction provide a copy of Judgment of Sentence, Registrar of Actions, or Certificate of Conviction and a written explanation of the offense; Applications of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
  • Official scores from the general SAT (if taken after March 1, 2016) with a Mathematics minimum sub-score of 530 and Evidenced- Based Reading and Writing minimum sub-score of 480. Scores from the MTTC Basic Skills Test, MTTC Professional Readiness Exam, ACT or Michigan Merit Exam may be used as well. See an advisor for details.
  • Students majoring in physics may be required to have the equivalent of a teachable minor to earn a teaching certificate from the State of Michigan. See College of Education advisor.


  • 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 & Sound and Electricity & Light (Two-semester sequences) | Astronomy with Laboratory | Intermediate Mechanics and Laboratory | Electricity and Magnetism | Heat and Thermodynamics | Modern Physics and Laboratory

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 credit 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 & Sound and Electricity & Light (two-semester sequence) | Modern Physics and Laboratory | Thermodynamics | A Biology course

Department Information

Teacher Education, College of Education

Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Ph.D. | Department Head | 313 Porter | 734.487.3260 | mkinneys@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Amy Eastman | 206 Porter | 734.487.2048 | amy.eastman@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 37-38 hours

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