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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's College of Education is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a nationally recognized accrediting body approved by New York State Education Department.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2024, federal regulation requires institutions of higher education to make a determination whether a Title IV eligible academic program that leads to professional licensure or certification meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the U.S. State where the institution is located and the U.S. States where “distance education” students are located at the time of initial enrollment in the program, as well as U.S. States where the program is advertised as meeting such requirements, and if applicable, the U.S. State where students attest they intend to be licensed/certified. The Adolescence Education: Physics, (B.S.) program at SUNY-Fredonia is registered by the New York State Education Department and thus meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification for New York State. Through a good faith effort, and for the purpose of complying with the federal regulation, we have determined that Adolescence Education: Physics, (B.S.) program at SUNY-Fredonia meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following U.S. States: New York State however, it is important to note that SUNY-Fredonia is not the licensure/certification authority in these U.S. States and cannot assess whether an individual candidate will be issued a license/certificate in these U.S. States and instead it is incumbent on each individual candidate to contact the licensure/certification authority in the applicable U.S. State for any further guidance on the requirements for licensure/certification requirements and application processes.

Career Opportunities for Physics: Adolescence Education

  • Middle school physics teacher
  • High school physics teacher


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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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.

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 courses.


Student teaching options

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

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