The 5+ Club

Solving the U.S. Physics Teacher Shortage

School districts in the United States consistently rank physics as the highest teacher shortage area among all academic disciplines. Although the number of high school students taking physics has more than doubled over the past two decades, less than half of public school physics courses are taught by an instructor with a degree in the subject.

The PhysTEC 5+ Club bridges the gap by reinforcing the efforts of colleges and universities to graduate more physics educators. Since 2012, The 5+ Club has recognized dozens of postsecondary institutions for graduating five or more physics teachers in a given year, a figure that puts them in the 99th percentile of all institutions.

Take the next step - apply today!

The 2017-2018 application is open until October 26, 2018.

Apply for The 5+ Club

For every complete application, PhysTEC will:

  • Send a letter of commendation cosigned by American Physical Society (APS) and American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) presidents to the university president and relevant administrators
  • Present a certificate of acknowledgment during the opening plenary session at the PhysTEC Conference
  • Congratulate new members of The 5+ Club in APS News and the AAPT eNNOUNCER
  • Include the institution in The 5+ Club online directory
  • Provide a web badge for the program website, as well as a draft press release

Applying institutions must be PhysTEC members. Membership is open to all postsecondary schools with a passion for graduating qualified physics educators. Not yet a member? Get started here.

Thank you for doing your part to address the national shortage of physics teachers. With questions, please contact the PhysTEC Coordinator at PhysTEC@aps.org.