red Supported Site University of Missouri-Columbia: Demographics

PhysTEC Graduates (Years funded 2012-2015)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1
0 0 0 2

* 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


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

Commentary on Secondary Graduates data:

We recruit into two active pathways: (i) BS in secondary physics education (including those who choose to complete a dual degree in physics and secondary physics education); and (ii) MS in science education with physics emphasis. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no students with a major or minor in physics who also earned a certification without having completed one of these two degree programs at MU. Therefore, all of the secondary graduates also fit the definition of graduates from pathways with active recruiting.

Future Physics Teachers
Year -2 2009/10 Year -1 2010/11 Year 0 2011/12 Year 1 2012/13 Year 2 2013/14 Year 3 2014/15
1 2 3 10    

* This number should match the number of names entered on the Future Teachers tab in the teacher tracking spreadsheet.

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


Definition of PhysTEC Future Teacher : A student at the University of Missouri who has enrolled in a physics teacher education degree program (B.S. in secondary science education with physics emphasis or M.S. in science education with physics emphasis), or is a physics major who has shown all three of these strong indicators of becoming a future teacher: he/she has (i) communicated an intent to enroll in a post-baccalaureate certification program; (ii) enrolled in coursework related to teaching (e.g. our new "Teaching Physics" course); and (iii) served as a learning assistant at least once.

Commentary on Future Physics Teachers data:

Our group of ten future physics teachers includes six enrolled in the BS in physics education program, one enrolled in the MS in science education program, and two physics majors with future plans to enroll in the MS program. There are an additional ten students indicating an interest in teaching physics and who would be qualified to start an MU physics education degree program (BS or MS) within the next year or two.

Learning Assistants in Physics Courses
Year -2 2009/10 Year -1 2010/11 Year 0 2011/12 Year 1 2012/13 Year 2 2013/14 Year 3 2014/15
0 0 0 9    

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:

We had a total of nine learning assistants for the year, and two of them were hired as LA's for both the fall and spring semesters.

 PhysTEC Mentors
Year 1 2012/13 Year 2 2013/14 Year 3 2014/15
PhysTEC Mentors (current and prior TIRs) 1    
Mentored PhysTEC Graduates 1    
Mentored non-PhysTEC Teachers 3    

Definition of PhysTEC Mentor : Any PhysTEC TIR who mentors a practicing K-12 teacher or pre-service teacher. (Mentors are counted each year, so after their first year of mentoring, they are recounted if they mentor in the next year.)

Commentary on Mentors data:

Our Teacher-in-Residence worked with the one new PhysTEC graduate from the BS program this year. The one graduate from the MS program is not counted in the table above; however, she did have significant contact with PhysTEC (the PI helped arranged her initial classroom placement and helped her study for the Praxis).

The three non-PhysTEC mentees listed in the table are new physics teachers whom were mentored by the TIR at his school. One of these three was the teacher who replaced him, and she received extensive mentoring support. This summer the TIR will teach a three-week professional development program for five n inth grade physics teachers, some of whom are the same four PhysTEC and non-PhysTEC graduates/teachers he worked with during the academic year.

Course NamePhysTEC Course Enrollments (# of students enrolled)
Year -2 2009/10 Year -1 2010/11 Year 0 2011/12 Year 1 2012/13 Year 2 2013/14 Year 3 2014/15
Thinking Physics (Physics 2100) 0 0 0 6    
Teaching Physics (Physics 3100) 0 0 0 9    
University Physics I, honors (Physics 2750H) 0 0 0 23    

Definition of PhysTEC Course : Any physics, physical science, or education course that has been revised or created at a PhysTEC Institution for the PhysTEC program.

Commentary on Enrollment data:

We created two new courses this year: Thinking Physics (for underprepared physics and engineering students) and Teaching Physics (for physics education students and other undergraduates interested in exploring physics education, including physics, education, and engineering majors.)