Secondary Education–Physics Degree
This curriculum prepares students to transfer to a secondary education physics program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland. The AAT articulates with all Maryland transfer programs in secondary physics education. The program enables students to fulfill their General Education requirements, participate in fieldwork experiences, and complete a core of professional education coursework required for the first two years of teacher preparation. To earn the AAT, students must achieve a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA and present required scores on a state-approved basic skills test
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Identify major historical events in education and analyze the impact of those events with current educational trends.
- Identify the psychological, cognitive, emotional, and physical characteristics of typically developing children and adolescents, with specific consideration to disabilities and cultural and linguistic diversity.
- Analyze and critique current scientifically-based research and culturally responsive instructional practices for the purpose of understanding the educational needs of students and families.
- Identify the current and inclusive philosophies for differentiating instruction to analyze, improve, and facilitate instruction for diverse learners.
- Demonstrate and utilize technology as a teaching/reinforcement tool.
- Develop excellent written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, which will allow him or her to effectively make connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the application of physics to include mechanics, electricity, wave theory, and modern physics.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.
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A suggested Secondary Education–Physics AAT course sequence for full-time students follows.
All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- MATH 181 - Calculus I 4 semester hours (MATF)
- EDUC 101 - Foundations of Education 3 semester hours
- EDUC 102 - Field Experience in Education 1 semester hour
- ENGL 102 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Research 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- EDUC 201 - Introduction to Special Education 3 semester hours
- EDUC 202 - Field Experience in Special Education 1 semester hour
- MATH 182 - Calculus II 4 semester hours
- PHYS 161 - General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat 3 semester hours (NSND)
- PSYC 102 - General Psychology 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- HIST 200 - History of the United States, a Survey Course: from Colonial Times to 1865 3 semester hours (HUMD)
- ISTD 173 - Integrated Arts 3 semester hours (ARTD)
- MATH 280 - Multivariable Calculus 4 semester hours
- PHYS 262 - General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4 semester hours
- PSYC 216 - Adolescent Psychology 3 semester hours
- COMM 108 - Foundations of Human Communication 3 semester hours (GEIR)
- PHYS 263 - General Physics III: Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics 4 semester hours
- PSYC 227 - Educational Psychology 3 semester hours
- Arts distribution (ARTD) or humanities distribution (HUMD) 3 semester hours (GEIR)***
- Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
** Behavioral and social science distribution (BSSD) courses must come from a different discipline than PSYC.
***One of these courses must meet the global and cultural perspectives requirement.
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