M.A. degree program in education: physics teacher (7-12)
HEGIS code 1902.01
NYS SED program code 26762

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The M.A., physics teacher program prepares students for a career in teaching at the high school level. It includes courses in education, as well as physics, which are designed to help graduate students become more effective high school physics teachers. The courses required by the Department of Secondary Education vary depending on the entry qualifications of students.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Alexakos, Konstantinos Program Coordinator 718 951 5000 x 3869 2617 James Hall alexakosk @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Call/Email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Physics
Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline May 15th
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - Rolling Admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume

4. Photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate

5. A brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.

The same requirements apply to non-degree applicants.

I. GRE scores

II. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .

All students accepted in to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Verification is needed if you already have fingerprint records or not. Please read the instructions in the link http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/schools/education/certification/fingerprints.php, and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer at HSpencer@brooklyn.cuny.edu
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A
Examinations GRE General Test


This program is currently not accepting applications for admission. As an alternate see our M.A.T. degree program in Adolescence Science Education (grades 7-12).
The profession of teacher education is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Therefore, program requirements are subject to change. All students should consult with the Head of the program in adolescence science education for the current requirements.
Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer at least 12 credits in physics beyond general physics.

Applicants must also offer (a) or (b):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in physics for grades 7-12; or courses in education or equivalent course work and teaching experience that meet the New York State standards for the pedagogical core. These courses include study of the following: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; 6 credits in literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; methods of teaching physics in grades 7-12; 100 hours of fieldwork; 40 full days or 300 hours of student teaching of physics in grades 7-12, or one year of full-time teaching of physics in grades 7-12; passage of edTPA.

(b) an undergraduate degree with a major in physics or appropriate course work in physics.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being considered for admission. For more updated and complete information on minimum passing scores see the section on additional admission requirements for students with international credentials in the Graduate Bulletin or the program web page. At the discretion of the program, additional English courses may be required as a condition for admission.

Applicants who have not completed all the specific course requirements are given individual consideration and may be admitted with conditions, with the approval of the Head of the program in adolescence science education in the School of Education and the chairperson of the Physics Department.
Applicants must consult matriculation requirements for adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education section of the Bulletin, and should see the Head of the program in adolescence science education for counseling.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission" of the Graduate Bulletin.

Degree requirements
A minimum of thirty credits is required for the degree.

Students must complete 12 credits in courses in the Physics Department including 6 credits in courses on the 7000 level.
Students must also complete either Option A or B below. With the approval of the science education program head, students enroll in the appropriate Option A or Option B based upon teaching experience, previous course work, and the teaching certificates they hold.

Option A (for in-service teachers): 30 credits
This option is for students who possess an New York State Initial Certification in teaching physics grades 7-12, or its equivalent.
Students must complete 12 credits in courses in the Department of Secondary Education. Students take different education courses and sequences of courses depending on their previous course work, teaching experience, and the certificates they hold. Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching physics must complete all of the following:
SEED 7502T or SEED 7324X, SEED 7500X or SEED 7315X, SEED 7340T or SEED 7320T, and SEED 7503X or SEED 7038X or SEED 7325X.
Six credits of electives. These courses may be in education and/or in related science content.

Option B (for pre-service teachers):30-40 credits
Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching physics or equivalent course work and teaching experience or who are teaching but do not possess Initial Certification in teaching physics must have the appropriate course work and credits in the subject area and must complete appropriate courses in (a), (b) and (c) below:
(a) SEED 7500X or SEED 7315X, SEED 7501X or SEED 7314X, SEED 7502T or SEED 7324X, SEED 7503X or SEED 7325X, SEED 7340T or SEED 7320T.
(b) SEED 7380T, SEED 7381T, SEED 7383T, SEED 7542T, SEED 7543T.
(c) SEED 7671X.

Students who wish to register for student teaching seminar and field placement in the science education program will need to file an application with the science education program head for permission. See program office for details.
Students must pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis acceptable to the Department of Physics, the choice to be made in consultation with the deputy chairperson of the Physics Department. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination and the thesis is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

The program of study must be approved early in the first semester by the chairperson or deputy chairperson of the Physics Department and the Head of the program in adolescence science education in the School of Education.