BU Recognized for Physics Teacher Education
March 29, 2016
Boston University has been inducted into "The 5+ Club" of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) for its outstanding contributions to the education of future physics teachers. "The 5+ Club" honors colleges and universities around the country that prepare five or more physics teachers in a given year; BU tied for 4th in the nation with six graduating teachers in 2015.
A joint project of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, PhysTEC was created to address the national need for physics teachers by supporting institutional change in the teaching of physics and the preparation of new physics teachers. Fewer than 20 institutions in the United States graduate 5 or more highly qualified physics teachers in a year, and most graduate less than two. Graduating 5 or more physics teachers a year is a significant achievement and helps to address the severe national shortage of high school physics teachers.
The PhysTEC program at BU is spearheaded by the Physics Department and the School of Education, with additional support from the Office of the Provost.