Supported SiteSupported Site Cal Poly Pomona: 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 2012-2015)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2
1 1 4 0 3


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  

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  


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.