Teacher Education: Physics

Major: Teacher Education
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.5
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 13.1205
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-2031

About the Concentration

Certification is for grades 7- 12

This certification option within the BS in Teacher Education emphasizes coursework in physics and atmospheric science, including such topics as classical mechanics, electromagnetic fields, quantum mechanics, and physics of high fidelity, and survey of the universe. Students may also choose to pursue a second certification in mathematics.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, visit the School of Education website.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
HIST 289History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity4.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MATH 201Linear Algebra4.0
MATH 210Differential Equations4.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
English elective course between 200-3293.0
Science Requirements
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
PHEV 141 [WI] Atmospheric Science I: Climate and Global Change3.0
PHYS 113Contemporary Physics I5.0
PHYS 114Contemporary Physics II5.0
PHYS 115Contemporary Physics III5.0
PHYS 131Survey of the Universe3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
PHYS 217Thermodynamics4.0
PHYS 311Classical Mechanics I4.0
PHYS 312Classical Mechanics II4.0
PHYS 321Electromagnetic Fields I4.0
PHYS 326Quantum Mechanics I4.0
Pedagogy Requirements
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDEX 266 [WI] Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-123.0
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar3.0
EDUC 113Organizational Structure of Secondary Schools3.0
EDUC 123Adolescent Development3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 223Teaching the Middle School Child3.0
EDUC 258Reading in the Content Areas3.0
EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 305 [WI] Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 308Creating a Positive Classroom Climate3.0
EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
EDUC 315Secondary Science Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 316Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
EDUC 322Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 325Multimedia in Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
Student Teaching Experiences
EDUC 409Student Teaching Seminar I9.0
EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching9.0
Total Credits189.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Physics Concentration: Plan of Study 

 

4Yr UG Co-op Concentration

Term 1Credits
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
PHYS 113Contemporary Physics I5.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 113Organizational Structure of Secondary Schools3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 114Contemporary Physics II5.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 123Adolescent Development3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHYS 115Contemporary Physics III5.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
 Term Credits15.5
Term 5
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
EDUC 223Teaching the Middle School Child3.0
EDUC 322Evaluation of Instruction3.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 6
EDUC 258Reading in the Content Areas3.0
EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 305 [WI] Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
MATH 201Linear Algebra4.0
PHYS 217Thermodynamics4.0
PHYS 311Classical Mechanics I4.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 7
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
MATH 210Differential Equations4.0
PHYS 131Survey of the Universe3.0
PHYS 312Classical Mechanics II4.0
 Term Credits18.5
Term 8
EDUC 315Secondary Science Teaching Methods3.0
HIST 289History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity4.0
PHEV 141 [WI] Atmospheric Science I: Climate and Global Change3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
PHYS 321Electromagnetic Fields I4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 9
EDEX 266 [WI] Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-123.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
English (ENGL) course between 200-3293.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
EDUC 308Creating a Positive Classroom Climate3.0
EDUC 409Student Teaching Seminar I9.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
EDUC 325Multimedia in Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching9.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
EDUC 316Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
PHYS 326Quantum Mechanics I4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Total Credit: 189.0

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Jennifer Adams, EdD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Comparative and international education; Poverty and education; Child welfare; Educational policy.
Ayana Allen, PhD (Texas A&M University ). Assistant Professor. Urban education; Identity construction in school contexts; Urban school transformation.
Kristen Betts, EdD (George Washington University). Clinical Professor. Higher education administration and governance, online blended education, instructional design and educational technology, program assessment and evaluation.
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Holly Carpenter, PhD (Arizona State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Higher education policy development and implementation, community college/university articulation, and online education.
José Luis Chávez, EdD (University of Southern California). Clinical Professor. Higher education leadership and administration.
Rebecca Clothey, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Professor. Comparative and international education, education of ethnic and linguistic minorities, sociology of education.
James Connell, PhD (Louisiana State University) Clinical Director and Research Fellow, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Associate Professor. Identifying the variables that influence adult behavior change in community settings; autism intervention; widespread dissemination of evidence-based interventions in school and community settings.
D. Brent Edwards, PhD (University of Maryland). Assistant Clinical Professor. Global and international education
Salvatore V. Falletta, EdD (North Carolina State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Human Resource intelligence (i.e., HR research and analytics practices); HRD assessment, measurement, and evaluation models and taxonomies; organizational diagnostic models; web-based employee and organizational survey methods, and computational modeling.
Aroutis N. Foster, PhD (Michigan State University). Associate Professor. Educational psychology and educational technology, especially the following: Motivation; Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK); Immersive Interactive Digital Environments (simulation, games, virtual realities.
Kathy Geller, PhD (Fielding Graduate University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational leadership and management.
Rajashi Ghosh, PhD (University of Louisville, Kentucky). Associate Professor. Mentoring and leader development, workplace Incivility, workplace learning and development.
Roger Geertz Gonzalez, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Civic engagement, college student identity development, indigenous higher education, comparative higher education access policies.
John M. Gould, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Harrisburg EdD Educational Leadership & Change Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Change leadership, curriculum re-design, the impact of technology on learning.
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Clinical Professor. Undergraduate studies, science education, curriculum design.
Dominic F. Gullo, PhD (Indiana University) Associate Dean of Research. Professor. Studying the relative and long-range effects of early schooling experiences in prekindergarten and kindergarten on children's achievement and social adaptation to school routine.
Penny Hammrich, PhD (University of Minnesota) Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Professor. Urban education; science education; genetics; gender equity; science knowledge for conceptual teaching; sport science.
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Elizabeth Haslam, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Educational field coordinator, instructional design, qualitative evaluation, writing across the curriculum.
Michael J. Haslip, PhD (Old Dominion University). Assistant Professor. Early childhood education, social and emotional learning, child guidance strategies, effects of public pre-school attendance.
Marlene Hilkowitz, M.Ed (Temple University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Science education; Curriculum development; Student engagement
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Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, PhD (University of Oregon). Associate Professor. Educational administration, leadership development, survey & instrument design.
Kristine Kelly, PhD (University of Wisconsin, Madison). Assistant Clinical Professor. Sociology of gender and development; anthropology of policy; comparative and international education; qualitative research methods; Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Valerie Klein, PhD (Amherst College). Assistant Clinical Professor. Mathematics learning and teaching; teacher's use of formative assessment in mathematics; creating opportunities for rich problem solving in the classroom; examining teachers growth and change; qualitative research methods.
Vera Lee, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Practitioner Research in online courses to explore inservice/preservice teachers’ emerging understandings about issues of diversity; the development of information/digital literacies of urban youth; English language learners.
Bruce Levine, JD (New York University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational policy, school law, public-private partnerships, intersection of business and education.
Kristine Lewis-Grant, PhD (Temple University). Associate Clinical Professor. Experiences of students of African descent at predominantly white colleges and universities, college access and college student development, youth civic engagement in urban school reform, qualitative research and evaluation.
William Lynch, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Curriculum and educational leadership, educational technology, distance learning policy development, higher and adult education.
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Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD (Syracuse University) Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation. Professor. Mathematics education, learning mathematics, mathematics pedagogy, teacher education, heuristic diagnostic learning and teaching, theory and research in creativity and applied creativity.
Lori Severino, EdD (Neumann University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Special education, differentiated instruction, reading, Wilson language, multi-sensory instruction, reading comprehension, assessment, adolescent literacy.
Jason Silverman, PhD (Vanderbilt University). Associate Professor. Teaching and learning of advanced mathematical ideas (algebra and calculus); improving teachers' ability to orchestrate and sustain inquiry-based and discussion-based instruction; technology in mathematics education.
Brian Smith, PhD (Northwestern University). Professor. Design of computer-based learning environments; Human-computer interaction; Design sciences.
Toni A. Sondergeld, PhD (University of Toledo). Associate Professor. Cognitive and affective assessment development; program/grant evaluation; high stakes testing measurement; STEM education; urban education
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Sarah P. Ulrich, EdD (Saint Joseph’s University). Associate Clinical Professor. Emphasis in cross-cultural, language and academic development.
Sheila Vaidya, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Educational psychology, school psychology, research design.
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