National Report Card on Physics Teacher Preparation

A severe national shortage of high school physics teachers is due to very low numbers of new teachers educated at U.S. colleges and universities. About two-thirds of institutions with a secondary education program prepared no high school physics teachers in the last 5 years.

Estimated need
2168

Majored in physics related majors
430
95

Completed program in physics education
556
108

Certified to teach physics
476
83

IHE-based Programs
Non-IHE-based Programs

Small numbers can add up to make a big difference. The shortage of new physics teachers could be eliminated if each college and university educated one more teacher per year. Click on a state to learn which institutions have active physics teacher education programs.

 (80-100%+)
 (60-80%)
 (40-60%)
 (20-40%)
 (0-20%)
 N/A
Puerto Rico

Percentage of the estimated need for physics teachers in each state that is being met by the state's preparation programs. For more information, see the FAQ.

National Honor Roll

Listed here are the top 100 annual producers of physics teachers (with a physics major, averaged over three years). For more information about these numbers, see the FAQ page or click on a specific institution's name.

The following institutions are Supported SiteSupported Sites, Member InstitutionMember Institutions, The 5+ Club Supported SiteThe 5+ Club Supported Sites, and The 5+ Club Member InstitutionThe 5+ Club Member Institutions.

  1. The 5+ Club Member Institution Illinois State University 6.7
  2. The 5+ Club Supported Site University of Central Florida 6.0
  3. The 5+ Club Member Institution Kennesaw State University 6.0
  4. The 5+ Club Member Institution The College of New Jersey 6.0
  5. The 5+ Club Member Institution University of Texas - Austin 6.0
  6. The 5+ Club Member Institution SUNY Stony Brook 5.7
  7. The 5+ Club Supported Site Rowan University 5.3
  8. The 5+ Club Member Institution Brigham Young University 5.3
  9. Supported Site SUC Geneseo 5.3
  10. CUNY Queens College 4.7
  11. Relay School of Education 4.7
  12. The 5+ Club Supported Site Middle Tennessee State University 4.3
  13. Utah State University 4.3
  14. New York University - Main 4.0
  15. The 5+ Club Member Institution Rutgers University - New Brunswick 3.7
  16. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi 3.7
  17. The 5+ Club Member Institution SUC Oneonta 3.3
  18. Member Institution SUC Cortland 3.3
  19. The 5+ Club Supported Site California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 3.0
  20. The 5+ Club Member Institution West Chester University of Pa 3.0
  21. Member Institution Texas A&M University 3.0
  22. Member Institution University of Connecticut 3.0
  23. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 3.0
  24. Western Governors University - Washington 3.0
  25. The 5+ Club Supported Site Boston University 2.7
  26. The 5+ Club Supported Site University of Colorado - Boulder 2.7
  27. Supported Site California State University, San Bernardino 2.7
  28. Member Institution Penn State University – University Park 2.7
  29. Member Institution University of California, Berkeley 2.7
  30. Pace University - NYC 2.7
  31. Saint Peters University 2.7
  32. The University of Akron 2.7
  33. University of South Florida 2.7
  34. Western Governors University - Ca 2.7
  35. Supported Site Ball State University 2.3
  36. Supported Site Boise State University 2.3
  37. Supported Site Bridgewater State University 2.3
  38. Supported Site Chicago State University 2.3
  39. Member Institution Illinois Institute of Technology 2.3
  40. Member Institution Montclair State University 2.3
  41. Member Institution Portland State University 2.3
  42. Member Institution Purdue University 2.3
  43. Member Institution University of Louisville 2.3
  44. Member Institution University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 2.3
  45. Member Institution University of Notre Dame 2.3
  46. Bowling Green State University 2.3
  47. National-Louis University 2.3
  48. University of California, Santa Barbara 2.3
  49. Supported Site Florida International University 2.0
  50. Member Institution CUNY City College 2.0
  51. Member Institution Emporia State University 2.0
  52. Member Institution Kansas State University 2.0
  53. Member Institution U. of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign 2.0
  54. Member Institution University of California, Davis 2.0
  55. Member Institution University of Kentucky 2.0
  56. Member Institution University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 2.0
  57. Arizona State University - Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College 2.0
  58. Bloomsburg University of Pa 2.0
  59. California State University, Los Angeles 2.0
  60. Indiana University Southeast 2.0
  61. National University 2.0
  62. Northern Arizona University 2.0
  63. SUC Potsdam 2.0
  64. University of Bridgeport 2.0
  65. University of Dayton 2.0
  66. University of Georgia 2.0
  67. University of Texas - Arlington 2.0
  68. Utah Valley University 2.0
  69. Weber State University 2.0
  70. The 5+ Club Supported Site Georgia State University 1.7
  71. The 5+ Club Supported Site Towson University 1.7
  72. The 5+ Club Supported Site University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 1.7
  73. The 5+ Club Supported Site University of Cincinnati 1.7
  74. The 5+ Club Supported Site Virginia Tech 1.7
  75. Supported Site University of Arizona 1.7
  76. Supported Site University of Kansas 1.7
  77. Supported Site University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 1.7
  78. Member Institution San Francisco State University 1.7
  79. Member Institution San Jose State University 1.7
  80. Boston College 1.7
  81. California Baptist University 1.7
  82. Clarkson University 1.7
  83. CUNY Hunter College 1.7
  84. George Mason University 1.7
  85. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis 1.7
  86. Northeastern University 1.7
  87. SUC Buffalo 1.7
  88. University of California, San Diego 1.7
  89. University of Virginia 1.7
  90. Valparaiso University 1.7
  91. Wheaton College 1.7
  92. Supported Site Central Washington University 1.3
  93. Member Institution California State University, East Bay 1.3
  94. Member Institution California State University, Fullerton 1.3
  95. Member Institution California State University, Sacramento 1.3
  96. Member Institution Fort Hays State University 1.3
  97. Member Institution Hofstra University - Main 1.3
  98. Member Institution Hope College 1.3
  99. Member Institution Michigan Tech. University 1.3
  100. Member Institution Millersville University of Pa 1.3
  101. Member Institution University of California, Riverside 1.3
  102. Member Institution University of Colorado - Colorado Springs 1.3
  103. Member Institution University of Florida 1.3
  104. Member Institution University of Illinois at Chicago 1.3
  105. Member Institution University of Nebraska - Lincoln 1.3
  106. Member Institution University of Oregon 1.3
  107. Member Institution Wichita State University 1.3
  108. California State University, Stanislaus 1.3
  109. Clemson University 1.3
  110. Concordia University-Oregon 1.3
  111. Duquesne University 1.3
  112. Florida Institute of Technology 1.3
  113. Fordham Univ. Lincoln Ctr/Rose Hill 1.3
  114. Kutztown University of Pa 1.3
  115. Loyola Marymount University 1.3
  116. Manhattanville College 1.3
  117. Minnesota State University-Mankato 1.3
  118. New Jersey City University 1.3
  119. Stanford University 1.3
  120. SUC Brockport 1.3
  121. Texas A&M University - Kingsville 1.3
  122. University of California, Irvine 1.3
  123. University of California, Los Angeles 1.3
  124. University of Nebraska - Kearney 1.3
  125. University of Rochester 1.3