Supported Site Cal Poly Pomona: Program Data

PhysTEC Graduates (Years funded 2012-2015)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2
1 1 4 0 3

* 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.

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 3 3 5 9  

* 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 a PhysTEC Institution who has committed to completing a program of physics teacher education.

Definition of a Future Teacher at (Cal Poly Pomona, CPP):

  • Physics undergraduates who are in Robert Noyce Scholarship program
  • Physics undergraduates or graduates who are taking Teacher Education prerequisites courses (Table 1) for the credential program
  • Credential candidates those who have already enrolled in Cal Poly Pomona secondary physics teaching credential program or are taking Clinical Practice courses

Commentary on Future Physics Teachers data:

  • Two CPP recent physics graduates (LAs) are taking credential courses elsewhere, so we have NOT included them in the table above.
  • CPP students need to complete 4 education prerequisite courses (16 quarter units) before entering the credential program. Students can enroll in these prerequisite courses while undergraduates, but most of the teacher preparation coursework for the credential is typically done after students graduate.
  • A list of the prerequisite and core courses in the secondary science teacher credential program is shown in Table 1.





TED 405*

Introduction to Contemporary Schooling


GED 500L

Foundations of Educational Computer Literacy


TED 406*

Educational Psychology


TED 407*

Education in a Diverse Society


Table 1. Single subject credential prerequisites at CPP. The courses with * require classroom observations.

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
3 4 8 10 18  

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.


Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours Primarily for college physics teaching (Y/N) Primarily for secondary physics teaching (Y/N)
PHY 200 LA Seminar 1 Y N
PHY 400 LA Seminar II 1 Y N

Commentary on Pedagogy Course Data (include a brief description of each course):

LA Seminar is designed for the students who are interested to learn about physics teaching and pedagogy. All CPP LAs expected to take this course at least once, however, the being an LA is not a requirement for enrollment.


Course Number (if applicable) Name of course (or program/ experience) Typical hours per semester Teaching college students (Y/N) Teaching K-12 students (Y/N)
  LA Program 800 Y N

Commentary on Early Teaching Experiences in Physics (include a brief description of each):

LAs teach about 7-10 hours per week during the quarter and expected to take the LA Seminar course.


Course number Course name Name of research-based curriculum Enrollments
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
SCI 210 Physics concepts & activity Inquiry into physical Science 35 33  

Commentary on K-8 Physical Science Courses data (include a brief description of each course):

SCI 210 is offered two or three times during each academic year and has approximately 15-20 enrollments in each class. All SCI 210 courses incorporate an early teaching component into the course activities.