Supported Site California State University, San Marcos
California State University, San Marcos
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CSUSM is a culturally and ethnically diverse university that is representative of its surrounding region. CSUSM has been designated as both an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) by the Department of Education.
CSUSM’s exisiting strengths include an existing single subject credential program, capacity for additional physics credential candidates, synergistic programs in the College of Education (COE), a thriving Learning Assistant program, a growing physics department with physics education research expertise, and collaborative ties between physics and COE.
PhysTEC project activities will build on the existing strengths to create a comprehensive physics teacher recruiting and preparation program that will include curricular/programmatic support, early teaching experiences, and induction/mentoring. CSUSM and Palomar students will learn about physics teaching opportunities at recruiting events and from other students; physics teaching will become a well-known and well-regarded career option. Talented physics students will serve as LAs at CSUSM and Palomar, improving those courses while simultaneously exploring their own interests in teaching. A group of cooperating local high school physics teachers will facilitate early teaching experiences for undergraduate students. Students in the Physics Education Option of the Applied Physics degree will take courses on teaching and learning physics and complete the prerequisite courses for the COE single subject credential program. Physics Education students, credential students, induction teachers, and cooperating (experienced) teachers will form a professional learning community to inform and support each other.