2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Physics: Secondary Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Physics: Secondary Education degree is designed for students seeking to teach middle and high school (grades 7-12) physics. Through this program, students build competencies and knowledge in teaching, science and math. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 13
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
General Education Course 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Second Semester 16
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
PHY 101  College Physics I 4
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
PHY 202  College Physics II 4
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
Fourth Semester 17
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning   3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
MAT 382  Calculus IV 3
PHY 203  College Physics III 4
PHY 301  Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 4
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
MAT 406  Differential Equations 3
PHY 331  Modern Physics I 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Sixth Semester 13
ESP 413  Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Inclusion 3
PHY 495  Physics Seminar 1
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
SEC 395  Teaching of Science
Science Elective 3
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460  Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 120

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate secondary education majors are required to:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.80.
  • Pass the required PAPA exams.
  • Have Act 34, 151 and 114 clearances for formal Admission to Teacher Education.

A GPA of 3.00 and passing scores for Praxis II are needed to apply for a Recommendation for Student Teaching.

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