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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Physics Teaching

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/programs/physicsteaching.html
Department Physics & Astronomy
College Science, Engineering & Technology
Program Website http://cset.mnsu.edu/pa/ugrad/
Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BS
Program Description Science teachers increase their students' understanding of our physical world and an awareness of our impact on it. They also provide their students the background necessary to continue their preparation for careers in science and technology.
The State of Minnesota grants science teacher licensure for grades 5-8 general science, 9-12 Chemistry, 9-12 Earth Science, 9-12 Life Science, and 9-12 Physics. Students earning a degree from MSU will qualify for two licenses (1) 5-8 general science and (2) 9-12 specialty.
A minor is not required for any of the science teaching programs; however, to broaden one's teaching opportunities, double majors are encouraged. For further details, the student should check with one of the science teaching advisors for an overview of available opportunities.
Admission Requirements All students working toward a 5-12 or K-12 teaching degree must be admitted to professional education prior to enrollment in Block 2 coursework. Application to professional education should be made when the following requirements have been met:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • evidence of registration for the Minnesota Teacher Licensure examination (MTLE) Basic Skills Exam.

The Physics Teaching program requires the 31 credit general core and the 29 credit physics emphasis. In addition, students must complete a 30 credit professional education component and the 3 credit Drug Education course.
Other Requirements Students majoring in 5-12 and K-12 education must demonstrate competencies in the arts, communications, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, sciences, social sciences, and multicultural and global perspectives. They must also demonstrate competency in health related issues, including drug use and misuse. Students are strongly advised to visit with the College of Education Student Relations Coordinator for assistance in selecting general education coursework to meet these competencies.
For detailed admission information and necessary forms for each program in the College of Education, see http://ed.mnsu.edu/advising/admission/onlineprofed.html
Program Contact Information Department of Physics & Astronomy
141 Trafton Science Center N
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5743
Fax: 507-389-1095
Email: cindy.flitter@mnsu.edu
College Advising College of Science, Engineering & Technology Advising Center
Ken Adams, Student Relations Coordinator
Trafton C-125
507-389-1521
College of Education Advising
Mymique Baxter, Student Relations Coordinator
117 Armstrong Hall
507-389-1215  

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