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 this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

All teacher education programs include a clinical/field component. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a NYS certified teacher. Please review Buffalo State's Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy.

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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
https://physics.buffalostate.edu/

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.

4. Initial certificate in Physics 7-12.

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

Program Requirements

Program Requirements (24 cr hrs.)
PHY 500 PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH SEMINAR 3
PHY 510 REGENT'S PHYSICS 6
PHY 620 MECHANICS FOR HIGH-SCHOOL TEACHERS 6
PHY 622 ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS 6
PHY 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3

Elective Courses 9 cr hours (Select 3 from the following) 9
PHY 511 COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS FOR TEACHERS
PHY 518 WAVE PHENOMENA AND OPTICS FOR TEACHERS
PHY 520 MODERN PHYSICS FOR TEACHERS
PHY 521 EXPERIMENTS IN MODERN PHYSICS FOR TEACHERS
PHY 522 ENERGY: SUSTAINABILITY AND RENEWABILITY FOR TEACHERS
PHY 525 NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS FOR TEACHERS
PHY 590 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)
SCI 664 TEACHING SCIENCE WITH TECHNOLOGY
SCI 685 EVALUATION IN SCIENCE EDUCATION

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

Total Required Credit Hours 33 cr