The 5+ Club

The 5+ Club: Solving the US Physics Teacher Shortage

Did your college or university graduate five or more physics teachers in the last academic year? Apply to join PhysTEC’s The 5+ Club! The 2019-2020 application is now closed.

Did You Know?

School districts in the United States consistently rank physics as the highest teacher shortage area among all academic disciplines. The 5+ Club bridges the gap by reinforcing the efforts of US-based 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.

2019-2020 Awardess

We are pleased to announce this year’s The 5+ Club awardees:

These awardees will be recognized at the 2021 PhysTEC Conference, just prior to the APS March Meeting. Winners will also receive a letter to their university presidents and certificates to mark their achievement. 

For every accepted institution, PhysTEC:

  • Sends a letter of commendation cosigned by the presidents of the American Physical Society (APS) and American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) to the institution’s president and relevant administrators
  • Presents a certificate of recognition to the applying faculty and their department
  • Congratulates new members of The 5+ Club in APS News and the AAPT eNNOUNCER
  • Includes the institution in The 5+ Club online directory
  • Provides both a social media image and web badge for the program to publish as desired
How to apply

Complete the 5+ Club application above and submit it to PhysTEC by email or filling out the webform.

Part One: List of graduates, including descriptions of content knowledge and certification pathways, used to prove that these individuals meet the definition of a PhysTEC graduate.

What’s a PhysTEC Graduate?
Any student who has graduated from a PhysTEC member institution and has a major or minor in physics (or has completed equivalent coursework) AND has completed a teacher education program leading to certification.

  • Physics Content Knowledge can be through:
    • Physics major
    • Physics education major
    • Physics major equivalent
    • Physics minor
    • Physics education minor
    • Physics minor equivalent
    • Other (requires explanation).
  • Certification Pathways can be through:
    • Undergrad certification at your institution
    • Undergrad at your institution and certification elsewhere
    • Undergrad and post-bac certification at your institution
    • Undergrad elsewhere and post-bac certification at your institution
    • Other (requires explanation).

Part Two: Provide a summary of the physics teacher education program, including a description of efforts contributing to the large number of graduates; the summary should be suitable for the web and will be placed (subject to editing by PhysTEC staff) on the PhysTEC institutions webpage on


The Fine Print:

Applying institutions must be PhysTEC members. Membership is open to all US-based postsecondary schools with a passion for graduating exceptional physics educators. Not yet a member? Join today.

Thank you for doing your part to address the shortage of physics teachers in the United States. With questions, please contact the PhysTEC team at