Program Details

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

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 Head 718 951 5000 x 3869 2617 James Hall alexakosk @ Call/Email for appointment
Liou, Ming-Kung Graduate Deputy 718-951-5418 3438 Ingersoll Hall seedinfo @;
mliou @
call/email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Education, Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline May 15th - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, 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.
Interview with department.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61


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) or (c):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in physics for grades 7-12;

(b) courses in education 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 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;

(c) 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."

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 complete 12 credits in courses in the Department of Secondary Education (SEED) as described below. The remaining credits required for the degree may be in courses taken in any department.

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 9 credits in Group II and 3 credits in Group III, below.
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 courses in Group I, Group II, and SEED 7503X in Group III below. The student teaching methods course (SEED 7380T) must precede the student teaching seminars (SEED 7381T and SEED 7383T) and field experience (SEED 7542T and SEED 7543T).

Students who already have a master's degree but wish Initial Certification in teaching physics must take appropriate courses in Group I and Group III, below as determined at the time of matriculation by the Head of the program in adolescence science education.
Group I:
SEED 7500X, 7501X or 7314X, 7542T, 7380T, 7381T, 7383T, 7671X, 7543T.

Group II:
SEED 7502T, 7327T or 7326X, 7340T.

Group III:
SEED 7547T, 7527T, 7545X, 7503X, 7548X/ENGL 7507X, SEED 7315X, 7038X.

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.

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