Natural Science: Physics
Completion of all program requirements, including passing state tests, qualifies you
to teach the science of your major (biology 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 (10.5 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.
* 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 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
Physics I Mechanics
Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, Optics
Physics III: Modern Physics and Thermodynamics
Mathematical Methods of Physical Science
Physics 405 or
Physics 406 and Physics 407 or Physics 408.
Electricity and Magnetism and
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics or Statistical Physics
General Biology ( 2 semesters or one full year)
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.
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 (W): EDUC 255 and 498 courses (required). Additional W requirements are in the major.
- U.S. Diversity flag (U): EDUC 257 (required).
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 content test or completing 12 semester hours of coursework
in the content area. This provision only applies if an educator already holds an
issued designation science endorsement. For example, an educator would qualify for
this provision with a Science-Physics endorsement. 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
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
Sample Course Plan Year 1
Sample Course Plan Year 2
* One year of Biology and one year of Chemistry are required for licensure.