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Physics Education


The teaching of physics offers a unique career opportunity. Enthusiastic, innovative and well-prepared teachers are needed not only to prepare high school students for careers in science but also to provide all students with an appreciation of science and how it has benefited society. This is especially true in physics, the most fundamental of the physical sciences. Physics describes and explains not only what goes on in our immediate surroundings but also in the minute world of atoms and elementary particles and the vast world of stars and galaxies. Physics teachers can help provide the knowledge that students need to understand and appreciate the world in which they live, and to show the many scientific ideas upon which modern technology is built.

What You'll Do

  • Obtain a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of physics and mathematics.
  • Have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of physics and engineering concepts on everyday issues in a global, economic, environmental, and social context.
  • Be well prepared, and certified, to teach high school physics in Missouri, and to communicate physics to the general public.

What You'll Study

  • SE320 Techniques of Teaching Science
  • EP100 Physics and Engineering Concepts
  • PH360 Modern Physics
  • UI372 Earthquakes & Society

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Physics Teacher
  • General Science Teacher
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Biology Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • Earth Science Teacher
  • Educational Administrator
  • Laboratory Technician


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