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Ken McGill

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Our physics program is just a few years old (started fall 2009) and one of our major goals and mission has been to graduate students who would potentially be qualified physics teachers, serving a dire need in our home state of Georgia.

Aside from requiring our seniors to take the state physics teacher certification exam, we have not been able to coordinate any concerted efforts to recruit and guide future teachers. We hope that membership in PTEC will help and motivate us in these efforts.

We meet challenges in recruitment (while the job prospects are excellent, students do not find the salaries attractive), retention (those who want to teach find it easier to chose a subject like math), and in coordinating efforts with our education department.