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Over the past six years, the CWU physics department has increased its three-year average of physics graduates (BA or BS) from 4.5 per year to over 10 per year and increased the number of certified physics teachers from about 0.5 per year to two per year.

Future teachers can obtain either a physics B.A. or B.S. degree or a physics minor that lead to an endorsement to teach physics. Teacher candidates are also expected to fulfill other criteria such as completing the teacher certification program, passing the state teacher content test, etc.

CWU has an active Society of Physics Students club and astronomy club that provide students with community teaching opportunities. Majors and minors interested in teaching can TA a physics course for credit. We have offered a learning assistant course since spring 2013.

Recent advances: We are now a UTeach site and have just developed a new STEM Teaching Minor aligned with the UTeach content. Using the UTeach model allows students to pursue teaching physics or a career in the industry field.

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