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 (10 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


EDUC 225

Educa tion and Social Justice (CSI)

(or fall semester sophomore year)

20-25 hours field experience




EDUC 255


C h ild Study and Assessment (WI)


20-25 hours field experience

Sophomore Year


EDUC 257

T h e Exceptional Child (or fall junior year) (U.S. Diversity Flag)


Junior Year*


EDUC 257

T h e Exceptional Child (U.S. Diversity Flag)


Junior Year*


EDUC 320

(or EDUC 365)

Foundations of Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication

25 hours field experience

Junior year*


EDUC 345

Instructional Planning, Assessment and Safe Learning Environments

40-45 hours field experience

Junior Year*


EDUC 363

(.5 units)


Seminar: C ur r iculum and Pedagogy in the Natural Sciences


Field experience concurrent with EDUC 345

Junior Year


EDUC 365

Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas

10 hours field experience or as needed to insure completion of 100 hours of field experience


Senior Year



EDUC 490


S tudent Teaching Seminar


15 week full time immersion in

the field (continues May placement)

Senior Year


EDUC 495

S tudent Teaching:

Secondary Science

 15 week full time immersion in    

 the field (continues May placement)

Senior Year**


EDUC 498

Educa tional Inquiry (WI)


*If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to spring term of junior year, and plan enrollment in 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. **Ninth semester graduates delay required 300 level professional Education coursework to the senior year, and take EDUC 498 prior to student teaching spring semester senior year.

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


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 ( Applicants apply for additional endorsements using the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). 

Sample Course Plan Year 1
Sample Course Plan Year 2