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

About the Program

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

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

162 Science and Math Complex
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 3.0 (4.0 scale).

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

3. 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 with Model Pedagogy 18 cr
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 cr
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 cr
PHY 500 Physics Education Research Seminar

Master’s Project 3 cr
PHY 690 Master’s Project

Total Required Credit Hours 33 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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