Department of Physics & Engineering

West Chester University

Chair: Anthony J. Nicastro
127 Merion Science Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610.436.2497
Fax: 610.436.3013

Bachelor of Science in Physics Education

B.S.Ed. Physics Links

Read more about being a physics teacher at the following sites.

American Association of Physics Teachers

American Institute of Physics

National Science Teachers Association

Teaching Physics in the 21st Century

Interested in teaching physics? The world needs you! The enrollment in high school physics courses has been increasing at a rate of 1% per year for the past two decades, but there is a serious shortage of physics teachers. Every year in the United States, 1200 high school teaching positions in physics become available. Only 400 of those positions are filled by a teacher holding a degree in physics.

Here are some of the places you will find recent graduates from our B.S.Ed. Physics Program:

  • Philip Curtis (2017): Long Branch High School, Long Branch NJ
  • Brittany McClung​ (2017): Owen J. Roberts High School
  • Kevin Dougherty (2016): Downingtown East High School
  • Richard Janowski (2016): Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
  • Ryan Knight (2015): Old Mill High School, Millersville, MD
  • Alicia Craft (2015): Radnor High School
  • John Bricker (2014): Franklin Towne Charter High School
  • Jacob Lawton (2013): Downingtown West High School
  • Eric Brown (2013): Downingtown STEM Academy
  • Sean Martin (2012): West Chester East High School
  • Ryan Roberts (2012): Conestoga High School
  • Shayna Wright (2011): Pennsbury School District
  • Jared Campbell (2010): Archmere Academy, Claymont, DE
  • Marabeth Cartwright (2009): Villa Maria Academy High School
  • Robert Virgin (2009): Kennett Square High School
  • Christina Peterson (2008): Oxford Area High School
  • Josh Davis (2008): Covenant Life School, Gathersburg, MD

B.S.Ed. Physics program

The Department of Physics at WCU offers a Bachelor's of Science Education in Physics program. Students who complete this program receive a B.S.Ed. degree and teacher certification in the state of Pennsylvania. Our program is NCATE accredited and compliant with all of the PA State Legislation governing secondary education programs. The degree requirements include 24 core credits in Physics and a full semester of student teaching at a regional high school. (In the past five years, our students have completed their student teaching semesters at Downingtown High School, Henderson, Octorara, Oxford, Phoenixville, Ridley, Unionville, Upper Darby, and Upper Merion.) Follow these links to view the program requirements and the typical curriculum schedule.

Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

If you already have a degree in physics, we also offer a post-baccalaureate program leading to teacher certification. Click here for program requirements.

For more information contact Dr. Sudol at or 610-436-2572.