PhysTEC Teacher Recruiting Materials

published by the American Physical Society

The PhysTEC collaboration includes diverse institutions each with their own methods of teacher recruitment. This page collects recruiting materials from the University of Arizona, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The site also provides templates allowing the creation of individualized materials.

PhysTEC Publicity Brochure

written by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition brochure advertises PhysTEC programs to the physics community and the public.

PhysTEC Publicity Poster

written by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

This poster is used at exhibitions to advertise the PhysTEC program.

Recruitment Strategies

published by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The need to recruit and prepare more physics teachers could not be clearer. The National Academies' report Rising Above the Gathering Storm states that the most consistent and powerful predictor of student achievement in science and mathematics is a teacher who is fully certified and has at least a bachelor's degree in the content area; however, two thirds of today's high school physics teachers did not major in physics, and over 90% of middle school physical science students are taught by teachers without a physical science major or certification. The American Association for Employment in Education consistently lists high school physics as one of the fields with the most severe teacher shortages. We will continue to see these kinds of statistics until physics departments around the country become deeply involved in teacher preparation.

A Physics Teacher Education Program in the Philippines

written by Jocelyn Locay-locay, Ed van den Berg, and Marilou Gallos

Many high-income countries experience great difficulty in attracting talented young people into physics teacher education (e.g. Smithers & Robinson, 2005). The USA and Canada even recruit science teachers in the Philippines which itself experiences a serious shortage of qualified and competent physics teachers. How can one develop an exemplary physics teacher education program and attract a critical mass of students? The Philippine program described below increased its enrollment from 1 to 30 students per year and provides some answers to this question.

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