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The BS program in physics with a concentration in secondary education provides rigorous training in physics and in education. Physics is the cornerstone of STEM disciplines --- science, technology, engineering and mathematics --- and the shortage of highly qualified physics teachers in every state is an ongoing problem. This concentration is designed to produce more and better-qualified physics teachers to meet local and national needs. Students who graduate from this program are recommended by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College for certification by the State of Arizona.
Physics (Secondary Education) (BS)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of
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Fewer than half of in-service physics teachers have degrees in physics. Program graduates have tremendous opportunities for employment. With more than one million students in a state ranked seventh in the nation in population growth, the need for certified teachers in Arizona is self-evident. During the last 15 years, ASU graduates have had their pick of teaching jobs around the valley and in the state. After student teaching in school districts in the greater Phoenix area or with one of the 22 Native American nations in Arizona, students are often hired to teach in the same school where they completed their internship. As the predicted rate of population growth climbs and the number of teachers retiring increases, new teachers continue to be in demand.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Natural Sciences Managers||9.9%||$118,970|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$59,170|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).