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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Secondary Physics or Physical Science [MAT]

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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.

Program Admission

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Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program 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 describe how the chosen degree program will help meet the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments, and interests will contribute to their success in the program.
  • Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience, and potential.
  • 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.
  • 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 a 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 a 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

The transcripts, analysis of goals, and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.

Department Information

Teacher Education | Wendy Burke, Ph.D., Department Head | 313 Porter, 734.487.3260,

Advisor Information

Molly Thornbladh, 206 Porter, 734.487.1416,

Degree Requirements: 37-38 hours

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