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Physics Education: Unified Science


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 introductory high school science courses in Missouri, and to teach upper level high school physics courses.
  • Be well prepared to communicate science principles and concepts to the general public.

What You'll Study

  • SE350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching
  • EP405 Engineering in Science Education
  • UI 318 Earth Science: Process Approach
  • GO 305 Environmental Geoscience

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Internships & Career Opportunities

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


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