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Over the past six years, the CWU physics department has increased its three-year average of physics graduates (BA or BS) from 4.5 per year to over 10 per year and increased the number of certified physics teachers from about 0.5 per year to two per year. Future teachers can obtain either a physics B.A. degree or a physics minor that lead to an endorsement to teach physics. Teacher candidates are also expected to fulfill other criteria such as completing the teacher certification program, passing the state teacher content test, etc.
CWU has an active Society of Physics Students club and astronomy club that provide students with community teaching opportunities. Majors and minors interested in teaching can TA a physics course for credit. We have offered a learning assistant course since spring 2013.
Planned efforts: We would like to make the TA experience more of a mentoring/recruiting experience to get students interested in teaching as a profession. We are also going to develop a joint-certification math-physics teaching program.