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Physics Education

  • A BS in Physics Education will prepare you for a rewarding and challenging teaching career, where you will share your passion for physics with others. As an educator, you will use your creativity to facilitate student learning and understanding of the physical world. Use your knowledge to explore the wonders of the universe and shape the lives and minds of young people and perhaps inspire the next generation of future scientists.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM Physics Education Degree
    Everyone knows you by name in the Physics and Astronomy Department. Courses average 13 students, ensuring you plenty of individual attention and mentoring from faculty members who are teacher-scholars, many of whom engage in research in their fields of expertise.
    The Physics and Astronomy Department offers you the opportunity to be a Learning Assistant for courses you have already taken. It’s a competitive selection process and a privilege that not only deepens your topic knowledge but provides valuable experience communicating science and strengthening your teaching skills.
    You’ll spend time observing, assisting and teaching in local classrooms for more than 100 hours prior to your student teaching experience, so you’ll be exceptionally prepared to lead your own classroom.
    The Physics curriculum teaches and reinforces skills critical to a variety of enterprises that will help you to be successful. Computational and experimental methods are integrated throughout our innovative curriculum to develop your expertise in the core areas of physics. Ample opportunites to work in groups and write and present projects develops teamwork and communication skills.
    Between the Physics and Astronomy Department and the School of Teaching and Learning, you’ll discover a variety of experiential learning experiences that will expand your skills. Whether you’re interested in social gathering with your peers or conducting research with your professors, the opportunities to grow are endless.
    MSU Moorhead received a NSF  Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant  in 2015 with the objective of increasing new STEM teachers prepared to work with diverse students in high needs schools and giving them the resources to do so successfully through innovative coursework, targeted field experiences and mentorship support.
    As the only astrophysics program in the Minnesota State system and the Fargo-Moorhead area, you will enjoy full access to the Paul P. Feder observatory at the MSUM Regional Science Center. The observatory and Regional Science Center are used for undergraduate college instruction, research and public programs.
    The heart of MSUM’s Planetarium is an Elumenati digital projector with UniView data visualization software, resulting in multimedia presentations that awe, amaze, entertain and educate viewers of all ages. You can enjoy the many shows offered year-round or possibly work in the Planetarium, where students help create and present shows and assist with special events.
    Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

    Teach and observe in local classrooms. Tutor. Attend social gatherings. Be a scientist. Discover your passion in and out of the classroom.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers are in high demand in today’s workforce.
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