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At Appalachian State University, an institution that was founded in 1899 for the preparation of teachers, we believe in quality teacher education programs. Through Appalachian State University’s Physics (BS) – Secondary Education degree, you will receive the guidance and instruction to harness these concepts and share that knowledge as a teacher of high school physics, math, Earth/environmental sciences, chemistry and even biology – the primary focus being physics. The program combines the strengths of the Department of Physics and Astronomy with the rigorous teacher preparation in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education. Graduates of the program are in high demand for teaching positions in North Carolina and across the country.

The faculty in the Physics and Astronomy Department have a passion for education and for helping to educate future Physics teachers. Many faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are active in both the national American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the NC-AAPT section, and The Physics Teacher Journal (TPT). One of our faculty served recently as the president of the NC-AAPT (2016-2017), two of our faculty currently serve as editorial board members for TPT, one of our faculty served as the editor of TPT from 2000-2013, and other faculty members served as assistant editor of TPT from 2004 - 2010. In addition, members of the department regularly publish with student authors in TPT. In addition, one of our faculty members received the North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching award in 2014.

Appalachian supports our secondary education STEM majors. The TEAMS program supports outstanding mathematics and science students in becoming high school math or science teachers through the Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship. TEAMS Scholars receive generous scholarships, participate in collaborative field experiences, examine issues of equity in mathematics and science education, and complete coursework in mathematics or science education. In addition, TEAMS Scholars receive support to attend conferences with faculty mentors and participate in a community of educators dedicated to equity. Please see for more information.