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The Lewis University Department of Physics offers various tracks for its majors, including a B.A. in Physics for Secondary Education through which the students can obtain their secondary education certification. The College of Education offers an M.Ed. in Secondary Education, which regularly certifies Physics teachers as well.
The B.A. in Physics for Secondary Education has typically had low enrollment, though graduates have been very successful in finding physics teaching positions. One of the department's primary reasons for becoming a PhysTEC member is to increase the number of students in the Secondary Education track and increase the number of well-prepared high school physics teachers graduating from Lewis. The University has recently been awarded a Noyce grant for STEM teacher recruitment and preparation.
Lewis University is a Catholic and Lasallian univeristy located 35 miles southwest of Chicago serving more than 6700 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Lewis has a diverse student body with a higher than 30% minority population and students from more than 30 countries. It is recognized as an Emerging Hispanic-serving Institution.