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Pathways to Becoming a Physics Teacher

What a Recent Graduate is Saying:

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“The best thing about being a physics teacher is the impact you make on hundreds of lives. Every year, you build relationships with new students and give them critical thinking skills while showing them various natural phenomena through hands-on experiments. You may not remember all your students, but many of them will remember you as a positive influence in their life.”  

Jeff Myers (Physics/Secondary Education '12), Albert Einstein High School

Four-Year Physics Secondary Education (SCED) Track

  • This physics major track is for the student who wants to teach at the middle or high school level.  Gain a thorough background in physics along with the methods and techniques required to be an effective teacher.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

  • Students in this program must already possess a degree in physics.  This professional degree program is designed to prepare students for Maryland State Teacher Certification.

Websites for Students Interested in Teaching Physics

Scholarships for STEM and/or STEM Teaching Students

  • AFCEA STEM Teaching Scholarship
    • Competitive scholarships of $2,500 - $5,000 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12.
  • AFCEA STEM Majors Scholarship


Physics - Gail Welsh, Ph.D. (
Science Education, SCED/M.A.T. - Starlin Weaver, Ph.D. (

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