The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Physics provides students with an opportunity to begin a rewarding career in secondary physics teaching.
The College of Arts and Sciences Physics teaching program provides a comprehensive foundation in physics content and teaching when combined with the professional course sequence for certification through the College of Education. Additional courses in education and methods will help students understand how to bring the excitement of physics into the classroom.
The much-in-demand secondary Physics certification (DE) in the State of Michigan enables you to teach physics in grades 6-12.
Articulation Agreements - Please see Community College Relations for a list of articulation agreements for this major.
Diane Jacobs, Ph.D., Professor, 240G Strong Hall, 734.487.8646, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marshall Thomsen, Ph.D., Professor, 240F Strong Hall, 734.487.8794, email@example.com
Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Standard Certificate endorsed in physics, certification code DE, and, depending on the minor selected, an additional endorsement. This program of study meets all requirements of the National Science Teachers Association. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #019, “Physics.”
Initial Teacher Preparation Program Admission
In order to pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for a recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be admitted to the teacher preparation program. Admission requirements are common for all teacher preparation programs, except that certain special education programs have additional requirements.
Admission to the teacher preparation program is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for admission. Not all persons who apply become eligible for admission.
Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until program admission. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time of program admission. It is important that students apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.
Admission to Initial Teacher Preparation Program Candidacy
Students must meet all of the following requirements
- Completion of 56 credit hours
- Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
- An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major.
- Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
- A grade of “C” or higher in the following courses (if taken): WRTG 121 , COMM 124 , Quantitative Reasoning [GEQR] , One Lab Science, and all of the professional education courses.
- ICHAT criminal background check, and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will need to provide:
- A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
- A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
- Attendance at Group Advising Session required. Your major may require additional advising sessions.
Major Requirements: 61 hours
Required Physics Courses: 33 hours
Restricted Elective Courses: 4 hours
Students will complete four credit hours from the following. If PHY 444 is selected, students must complete a minimum of two credit hours from the list of available Physics electives (see note below).
Required Mathematics Courses: 15 hours
If a student is pursuing an Elementary Education Mathematics Minor or Secondary Education Mathematics Minor the 15 credits of Mathematics coursework required for this major will be considered, upon successful completion, as “competency met” for this major and may be used toward the student’s Minor. Credit is only earned once and only applies to graduation requirements once.
Required Chemistry Courses: 4 hours
If a student is pursuing a Secondary Education Chemistry Minor the four credit hours of Chemistry coursework required for this major will be considered, upon successful completion, as “competency met” for this major and may be used toward the student’s Minor. Credit is only earned once and only applies to graduation requirements once.
Required Biology Courses: 5 hours
If a student is pursuing a Secondary Education Biology Minor the five credit hours of Biology coursework required for this major will be considered, upon successful completion, as “competency met” for this major and may be used toward the student’s Minor. Credit is only earned once and only applies to graduation requirements once.
Professional Secondary Education Sequence: 40 hours
This major requires a minor. Please see Programs for a list of available minors or contact your major advisor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.