B.S.Ed. in Physics


Welcome to the B.S.Ed. in Physics program. It is our mission to educate teachers to be leaders and inspire learning in students. The B.S.Ed. program prepares candidates with the necessary pedagogical content knowledge to teach the 7 – 12 Physics curriculum, implement instructional practices built on research-based approaches to student learning, and use student thinking to drive classroom learning.  


The program leads to certification in physics to teach that area in grades 7 – 12. It will give you a deep understanding of the new PA science standards and how to teach in a way that will support students in mastering those standards. 

Program Requirements 

B.S. Ed. Physics Guidance Sheet 
B.S. Ed. Physics Sample Course Plan

Teacher Candidacy Information

BSED majors must apply for teacher candidacy status once they have met the Undergraduate requirements. To view requirements and the application visit Candidate Services. Teacher candidacy status is required for upper-level education courses.

Apply for Student Teaching

BSED majors must apply for student teaching one year in advance of their student teaching semester. The Office of Clinical Experiences facilitates the student teaching application process. 

Field Experience

Field experiences begin during the second year of the program and take place in a variety of settings. The clinical field experience is connected to pedagogy courses. Field experiences culminate with a semester of student teaching.   

Clearance Information

Students must obtain clearances for each course containing field experience in accordance with Pennsylvania statutes. These include: 

  • Pennsylvania Criminal Record Checks
  • FBI fingerprinting
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse Record checks - required for all who enter a school.
  • TB Test
  • View More Clearance Information for specific details about your program.

All clearances must be completed prior to the first day of the field course in which you are enrolled and updated every year. Please contact the Office of Candidate Services at 610-436-2999. Some school districts hosting early field students and student teachers require a TB test issued within the year they begin their school district assignment.

NOTE: School district requirements take precedence over university policy. Failure to maintain a current set of clearances will prevent you from enrollment and/or may require your dismissal from field-based courses, blocked classes, and student teaching.

Transfer Information

Anyone interested in transferring to the program should contact the department chair or program director to discuss their previous coursework and a program plan. 

Contact Information

Dr. Brett Criswell
Assistant Professor of Science Education
BSED Coordinator
509 Anderson Hall


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