May 17, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Physics Education [M.S.]

The M.S. in Physics Education is designed to approach traditional physics material from an educator’s perspective. The program will prepare students in modern teaching techniques and provide practical teaching experience. Graduates of this program are well-prepared for a career in physics education.

The program is designed to

  • Provide students with experience in a variety of teaching methods
  • Increase the proficiency of students in professional communication
  • Provide a solid base of appropriate experimental techniques
  • Improve the ability to conduct instructional laboratories safely

This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.

Program Admission

Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School admission requirements (see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions) and complete a Graduate Application.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Applicants must have at least the equivalent of an undergraduate major or minor in physics
  • A background in mathematics through multivariable calculus
  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages explaining the purpose for pursuing the MS degree here at EMU
  • Two letters of recommendation

Students who do not meet these requirements may be granted conditional admission requiring additional undergraduate course work in physics and/or mathematics. Admission is restricted to in-service teachers or those intending to enter the teaching profession in the United States.

Department Information

Physics & Astronomy | Alexandria Oakes, Ph.D.Department Head | 240A Strong Hall, 734.487.8647,

Marshall Thomsen, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, 240K Strong Hall, 734.487.8794,

Advisor Information

Beth Kubitskey, Ph.D., 240S Strong Hall, 734.487.4144,

Ernie Behringer, Ph.D., 240C Strong Hall, 734.487.8799,

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

The M.S. in Physics Education requires the completion of 30 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Required Courses: 5 hours

Elective Courses in Physics: 20-26 hours

Twenty to 26 hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Cognate Courses: 0-6 hours

Zero to six hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.