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Inspire the Next Generation of Physicists. Be a Teacher.

Do you want to share your expertise with future physicists? Share your love of physics by becoming a teacher. Our Master of Science program in Physics with Teacher Certification is designed for those of you who hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become a teacher at the secondary or community college level. Our program consists of 36 credit hours and is 100% online.Take the step today toward your teaching career at A&M-Commerce.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

not required

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

36

Thesis Requirements

not required

Resources

Access helpful information about the MS in Physics with teacher certification (MPTC) degree program and learn how to register for classes.

Physics with Teacher Certification

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Master of Science in Physics with Teacher Certification :: See Yourself Succeed

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED as a physics educator

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Master of Science in Physics with Teacher Certification :: 1.06 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A master’s degree in physics with teacher certification will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Expand your knowledge of physics and earn the credentials to teach at a secondary school level.
  • Develop your students’ knowledge in physics by engaging in specialized classes on education theory and practice.
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Master of Science in Physics with Teacher Certification :: 1.07 Careers

Careers

The majority of our graduates work in Texas secondary schools and community colleges. Others pursue further graduate studies.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

High School Teachers (median salary in Texas)
$58,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
$92,710

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

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Physics (MS) Teaching :: 1.08 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Internships are an important part of your education experience. You will complete a students teaching internship. Our alternative certification program office will work with you to place you in a school district anywhere within Texas.

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Master of Science in Physics with Teacher Certification :: 1.11 WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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What You Will Learn

Our program is designed for you who have an undergraduate degree in physics and want to become a teacher. You’ll learn how to take your knowledge and apply it to the high school classroom. Work with faculty who specialize in physics education research as you explore courses in classical mechanics, astronomy and astrophysics. Our goal is to equip you with the tools needed to introduce modern physics theories and concepts (post-1865). The world of physics is ever-expanding. New discoveries point us towards more questions and problems to solve. Stay current in physics research through exploring our master’s degree program.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Core courses include quantum universe for educators, physics mathematical methods for educators and thermodynamics for educators.
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Physics (MS) Teaching :: 1.12 FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Master of Science in Physics with Teacher Certification :: 1.13 Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Our program is designed with you in mind. All courses are offered online during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  • Required Courses – 15 semester hours
    • Students enrolled in the M.S. Physics with teaching certification program will complete six core classes consisting of advanced physics content, physics education research (PER), modern applications, and history. In addition to the 6 core courses the research literature and techniques course (in physics or science education) is required.
  • Teacher Certification Courses – 18 semester hours required
    • Along with courses from the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program situated within Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Physics and Math Certification
    • In addition to your master’s degree, you are offered the physics and mathematics combination teacher certificate.
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Physics (MS) Teaching :: 1.04 Student Profiles

Student Profiles

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Master of Science in Physics :: Admissions Requirements

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Physics, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.
Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Statement of Purpose

Describe any previous research or teaching experience, your academic interests, and career goals in 300-600 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Master of Science in Physics :: Admissions Requirements, International

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Physics, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.
Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Letter of Recommendation

Request one signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from a professional who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. That individual should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

Statement of Purpose

Describe any previous research or teaching experience, your academic interests and career goals in 300-600 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Physics (MS) Teaching :: 1.18 Staff

We are here to help!

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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Physics (MS) Teaching Emphasis Request Information

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Physics (MS) Teaching :: 1.14 RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

Related Degree Programs

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