Supported Site Towson University (Secondary): Program Data

The project collects data on the number of PhysTEC Graduates, PhysTEC Future Teachers, PhysTEC Learning Assistants, and PhysTEC Mentors; these PhysTEC terms are defined here. The project also collects data on physics pedagogy courses, early teaching experiences, and enrollment in K-8 physical science courses for future elementary school teachers.

PhysTEC Graduates (Years funded 2010-2013)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
2 1 1 1 1 4

* Must meet the definition of PhysTEC Secondary Graduate.

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

Commentary on PhysTEC Graduates data:

All of the Baseline physics secondary graduates were MAT students. The 2012 graduate completed the applied physics track and then decided to also complete the secondary education track prior to receiving an undergraduate degree. The 2013 graduates include one undergraduate physics major within the secondary education concentration and three students in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

Future Physics Teachers
BaselineProject
Year -2 2007/08 Year -1 2008/09 Year 0 2009/10 Year 1 2010/11 Year 2 2011/12 Year 3 2012/13
2 3 6 11 10 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 a Future Teacher at Towson: A student who is following courses outlined in the physics secondary education track with at least 30 completed credits or a student enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program seeking certification to teach physics.

Commentary on Future Teachers data:

For Year 1, there were eight undergraduates and 3 MAT students, for 11 future teachers total. The number 11 for Project Year 1 includes a student also included in the Graduates section above for Project Year 1 since he graduated in December.

For Year 2, eight of the students are undergraduates and two of the students are MAT students.

For Year 3, seven of the students are undergraduates and three of the students are MAT students.

The TU PhysTEC program has attracted a few undergraduate physics majors into the MAT program, but these students are not counted as "Future teachers from pathways with active recruiting by PhysTEC" because the MAT program is not generally considered to be an active recruitment pathway.

Learning Assistants in Physics Courses
BaselineProject
Year -2 2007/08 Year -1 2008/09 Year 0 2009/10 Year 1 2010/11 Year 2 2011/12 Year 3 2012/13
1 7 6 10 13 11

Commentary on Learning Assistant data:

A Towson learning assistant is an undergraduate employed by the STEM Teaching Community (STEM-TC) project to help with one or more of the following student learning or course reform activities: assisting with active learning in lecture, assisting with active learning in lab, interactive test review sessions, or tutoring sessions.

 PhysTEC Mentors
Project
Year 1 2010/11 Year 2 2011/12 Year 3 2012/13
PhysTEC Mentors (current and prior TIRs) 1 1 2
Mentored PhysTEC Graduates 2 2 4
Mentored non-PhysTEC Teachers 0 0 1

Commentary on Mentors data:

One mentored graduate went through the secondary education program, and the other mentored graduate went through the MAT program.

Course NamePhysTEC Course Enrollments (# of students enrolled)
BaselineProject
Year -2 2007/08 Year -1 2008/09 Year 0 2009/10 Year 1 2010/11 Year 2 2011/12 Year 3 2012/13
PHYS 241 168 158 153 154 171 198
PHYS 242 79 77 96 87 96 106
PHYS 243 14 16 20 27 25 16
PHYS 251 0 18 0 9 0 0
PHYS 252 0 6 0 0 0 0
SCIE 170A/B/C     2 11 15 65

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:

SCIE 170A (informal outreach) and SCIE 170B (school-based outreach) did not exist until the 2009-2010 academic year. SCIE 170C (physics-specific HS early teaching experience) was first offered in Spring 2012.

PHYS 243 is taught only in the spring.

PHYS 241 and PHYS 242 enrollments include summer sections (typically, one section of each).