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Physics Education (7-12), M.S.Ed

About the Program

The master of science in physics education is designed for teachers who wish to
combine advanced work in physics with graduate work in education.

About the Physics Department

262 Science Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6726
Fax: (716) 878-4421

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale).

2. A New York State Certificate of Qualification (CQ), provisional certificate, or
professional or initial certificate in a secondary science or mathematics.

3. An application packet, including a personal statement and three letters of reference.

4. An interview may be required.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Physics Content and Pedagogy 18 credits
PHY 510 Physics for High School Teachers: Content and Pedagogy (6)
PHY 620 Powerful Ideas and Quantitative Modeling: Force, Motion, and Energy (6)
PHY 622 Powerful Ideas and Quantitative Modeling: Electricity and Magnetism (6)

Elective Courses 9 credits
Select three courses from the following:
PHY 518 Wave Phenomena and Optics
PHY 520 Modern Physics
PHY 525 Nuclear and Particle Physics
SCI 527 Current Topics in Science
SCI 632 Curriculum Trends in Science Teaching in the Secondary School
SCI 664 Teaching Science with Media
SCI 685 Evaluation in Science Education

Seminar 3 credits
PHY 500 Physics Education Research Seminar

Master’s Project 3 credits
PHY 690 Master’s Project

Total Required Credit Hours 33 credits

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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