red Supported Site California State University, San Marcos: Demographics

PhysTEC Graduates (Years funded 2011-2014)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2
0 1 1 1 0

* Must meet the definition of PhysTEC Secondary Graduate.

** This is a subset of the graduates from all programs, and may be the same.

Definition of PhysTEC Secondary Graduate: Any student who has graduated from a PhysTEC Institution and

(a) has a major or minor in physics, OR (b) has completed coursework equivalent to a major or minor in physics

AND

(a) has certification to teach high-school physics, OR (b) has completed a teacher education program.

Commentary on Secondary Graduates data:

No CSUSM Physics graduates have enrolled to the CSUSM teacher credential program in the past 5 years.

Future Physics Teachers
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Year -2 2008/09 Year -1 2009/10 Year 0 2010/11 Year 1 2011/12 Year 2 2012/13 Year 3 2013/14
0 1 1 1 5  

** This is a subset of the Future Teachers from all programs, and may be the same.

Definition of PhysTEC Future Teacher : A student at a PhysTEC Institution who has committed to completing a program of physics teacher education.

Definition of a Future Teacher at CSUSM: In 2012-13 physics majors were considered a future teacher if they had taken a prerequisite course for the School of Education credential program or had applied to be a Noyce Scholar.

In 2013-14, physics majors will be considered future teachers if they are accepted in our CSUSM Mathematics and Science Teacher (CMST) Scholars program. CMST requires that students declare that they are "strongly considering a career in math or science teaching" and demonstrating this by taking a credential program prerequisite course, participating in an early teaching experience/outreach program, or some other equivalent activity.

Commentary on Future Physics Teachers data:

For AYs 2008-12, we are reporting this as "unknown" because no mechanism was in place to gather such data.

Learning Assistants in Physics Courses
BaselineProject
Year -2 2008/09 Year -1 2009/10 Year 0 2010/11 Year 1 2011/12 Year 2 2012/13 Year 3 2013/14
6 6 9 13 24  

PhysTEC Learning Assistant: Any PhysTEC student who facilitates learning in an undergraduate physics course, receives formal pedagogical instruction, and is encouraged to enter a teacher preparation program.

Commentary on Learning Assistant data:

For a number of years, our courses Physics 201, 202, 205, and 206 utilized LAs. In Spring 2012, Physics 203 was added to the list of LA supported courses along with one course at Palomar Community College (PCC). 2012-13 saw the extension to PCC grow immensely, to include Physics 101/102 (lab), 201 (lab), 230 (lab), and 231 (lab)/ In addition, CSUSM added Physics 351 during Fall 2012.

The number of Physics LAs has increased not only because the extension to PCC and the resulting addition of Physics courses, but also because all CSUSM Physics professors have embraced pedagogical styles that utilize LAs to increase opportunities for student thinking and interaction. In addition, as the Physics major increased enrollment, the number of course sections have increased.