PhysTEC Graduates have strong content knowledge

PhysTEC graduates are more highly prepared to teach physics compared to the US physics teacher workforce, many of whom have weak content knowledge. To be a PhysTEC graduate a student must have a major or minor in physics, or equivalent coursework. In addition, many PhysTEC graduates have coursework in physics-specific pedagogy. Information about US physics teachers was obtained from AIP [1].

Graph of Physics content knowledge of graduates
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  1. Susan White & Casey Langer Tesfaye, Who Teaches High School Physics? Results from the 2008-09 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics Teachers, (American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center, College Park, MD, 2010) Available at: http://www.aip.org/sites/default/files/statistics/highschool/hs-whoteaches-09.pdf