Natural Science: Physics

Completion of all program requirements, including passing state tests, qualifies you to teach the science of your major (biology, chemistry, or physics) at all levels in grades 9-12, including honors and AP courses. You are also qualified to teach lower level courses across all the sciences (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, and physics) regardless of your major. This is why all science candidates, regardless of major, are required to complete additional coursework beyond the major and demonstrate competence in the  core science standards. To qualify for teaching honors and AP courses in areas of science other than your major, plan on obtaining an additional science content specific endorsement.

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Handbook provides detailed information about the TEP program, admission requirements, field requirements, and state and university licensure requirements.

Secondary Education Major

Secondary Education Major/Professional Education (11 or 11.5 units)

Take the courses below in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment. The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average (GPA) for TEP and student teaching acceptance. 

First Year

Fall/Spring

EDUC 225: Education and Social Justice (SI)  
EDUC 125: Education and Social Justice, in most cases,concurrent with 225  20-25 hours field experience
OR
EDUC 255: Child Study and Assessment (WI)  
EDUC 126: Teaching to the World of the Child, in most cases, concurrent with 255  20-25 hours field experience

Sophomore Year

 Fall/Spring

EDUC 225: Education and Social Justice (SI)  
EDUC 125: Education and Social Justice, in most cases, concurrent with 225 20-25 hours field experience
OR
EDUC 255: Child Study and Assessment (WI)  
EDUC 126: Teaching to the World of the Child, in most cases, concurrent with 255  20-25 hours field experience
 
EDUC 257: The Exceptional Child (U)  

Junior Year*

Fall/Spring

EDUC 257: The Exceptional Child (U), if still needed

Fall

EDUC 320: Foundations of Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication 25 hours field experience

OR

May Term

EDUC 365: Reading, Writing and Communication in the Content Areas

Spring

EDUC 345: Instructional Planning, Assessment and Safe Learning Environments 40-45 hours field experience
EDUC 363: Seminar: Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Natural Sciences  

Senior Year

 Fall

EDUC 490: Student Teaching Seminar 15 week full time immersion in the field    (continues from Jr. year Spring placement)
EDUC 495: Student Teaching: Secondary Science  

Spring

EDUC 498: Educational Inquiry (WI)
* If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to the junior year, or during any May Term. Plan your enrollment in EDUC 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. EDUC 257 can be taken concurrently with 300 level courses the junior year. Ninth semester graduates take required 300 level courses and EDUC 498 spring semester of the senior year prior to student teaching.
Physics Major

Physics Major Requirements  (10 units)

The required Physics courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.  Four courses in the major and a GPA of 2.75 is required for TEP admission;  six courses and a GPA of 3.00 are required for student teaching acceptance.  State law specifies a minimum grade of C- for any course required for licensure and endorsement, including major courses, regardless of GPA. 

Physics 105

Physics I Mechanics

Physics 106

Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, Optics

Physics 207

Physics III: Modern Physics and Thermodynamics

Physics 304

Mathematical Methods of Physical Science

Physics 405 or

Physics 406 and Physics 407 or Physics 408.

Theoretical Mechanics

   OR

Electricity and Magnetism and

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics or Statistical Physics

Bio 101/102

General Biology ( 2 semesters or one full year)

Chem 201/202

General Chemistry (2 semesters or one full year)

Students must also take four additional courses in Physics selected in consultation with their advisor. Two of the courses must be at the upper level and have a laboratory component. These include: Physics 301 (Intermediate Experimental Methods), Physics 305 (Electronics), Physics 306 (Materials Physics), Physics 307 (Optical Physics), Physics 308 (Scientific Imaging), Physics 339 (Engineering Design), Physics 370 (An Exploration of Advanced Topics in Physics, when it has a lab component) and Physics 399 (Experimental Physics).

Coursework in Environmental Science and Geology 101 is also recommended. Consult with your Physics major and Educational Studies advisors as to the best options.  Chemistry, Biology and other science courses are not used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance; however you must earn a grade of C- or higher, per state licensure requirements.

General Education

IWU General Education

The IWU general education category requirements listed below are met with required major or licensure courses.

  • Analysis of Values (AV):  PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended but not required).
  • Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI):  EDUC 225 (required).
  • Formal Reasoning (FR):  Consult with your science major advisor regarding recommended mathematics courses for the major.
  • Life and Physical Science Issues and Lab:  Major and licensure requirements.
  • Writing Intensive (WI):  EDUC 255 and 498 courses (required). Additional WI requirements are in the major.
  • U.S. Diversity flag (US):  EDUC 257 (required).
Additional Endorsements

Additional Content Specific Endorsements in Science

Science candidates may earn additional high school level content specific endorsements in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, and/or Earth and Space Science by passing the applicable ISBE Content Area test and three units of coursework in the discipline. Alternatively, you may qualify by completing another major in the area of the endorsement. A content specific endorsement “highly qualifies” you to teach AP or Honors level courses in one of the above science disciplines.

The four year licensure program rarely allows completion of required endorsement coursework in additional areas such as social science, English, mathematics, or foreign language. (See those program handbook pages for specific endorsement requirements.) Please consult with your Educational Studies advisor, the Director of Teacher Education, or the Assistant Director for Teacher Licensure about pursuing additional endorsements.

The Assistant Director for Teacher Licensure verifies the completion of endorsement requirements during the entitlement process. You may add endorsements to your license after graduation and any time during your teaching career by completing state requirements (https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Subsequent-Teaching-Endorsements.aspx). Applicants apply for additional endorsements using the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). 

Sample Course Plan Year 1
Sample Course Plan Year 2

 Fall Semester

* One year of Biology and one year of Chemistry are required for licensure.