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Physics: Adolescence Education

Physics: Adolescence Education at Fredonia

There has probably never been a better time to enter the physics-teaching field. The percentage of high-school students taking physics is increasing, while many teachers are retiring. Fredonia’s Physics: Adolescence Education program allows you to combine two of your passions; your love of physics and science, and your ambition to shape and develop young minds. Fredonia will help future physics teachers develop the ideas and practices that will make them effective in the classrooms of an increasingly complex and diverse society.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia gets you in a real-life classroom your first year and each year, culminating in a final, full semester of student teaching. Fredonia’s experienced instructional team will support you and assure you have a quality learning experiences. Fredonia is the first institution in the state of New York to meet the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards and one of the first institutions in the nation to be fully accredited through CAEP, the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation in the United States.

Career Opportunities

  • Middle school physics teacher
  • High school physics teacher

It's Different Here

Fully accredited

The first university in New York State to be fully accredited all five standard by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Robust education

All Adolescence Science Majors take the equivalent of a major in their area of certification in addition to educational foundation and science education courses.


Pass rate

Fredonia students have 92% pass rate on Education TPA.

Student Story

scott hisel

"The College of Education offered a wide variety of teaching experiences including tutoring students with special needs, cooperative teaching and student teaching which taught my valuable lessons I use to this day.   The Physics department obviously prepared me to have the appropriate amount of content knowledge to teach high school level physics.

Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Physics: Adolescence Education. He is now a high school physics teacher.

Scott Hisel Class of 2011

Why Physics: Adolescence Education at Fredonia?

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A New York certification for teaching physics easily transfers to most other states.

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In requiring our students to have what amounts to a full physics degree, we prepare our prospective teachers to not only teach physics effectively at the secondary level, but also innovate in the classroom, and engage their students in meaningful coursewo

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Student teaching options

You have choices for your student teaching experience. Fredonia has connections with schools from Hamburg, NY, to NYC, to Houston, TX.

Sample Courses

PHYS 330 Thermodynamics

Concepts of temperature, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic relations and potentials, processes, properties and cycles, applications to physical systems, introduction to statistical mechanics.

SCED 303 Assessment for Inquiry-Based Science

Different models of evaluation and various techniques used in the assessment of science knowledge and skills will be developed. Examples and procedures directly related to the teaching of inquiry-based science will be stressed.

EDU 349 Educational Psychology

Areas of psychology utilized in the teaching and learning processes. Analyzing and interpreting scientific data related to individual differences, growth, learning, group processes, systematic assessment, measurement, and evaluation.

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