The main objective of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Targeted PhysTEC proposal is to increase the number of physics graduates who pursue a career in high school physics teaching. There is a great need for highly qualified high school physics teachers, particularly in the very diverse community of Southern California, and we believe that nothing motivates undergraduate students to consider a teaching career more than a genuine classroom teaching experience. To achieve this goal we propose the following activities:

  • Recruiting physics majors to the secondary teaching credential program
  • Early teaching experiences via a Learning Assistant (LA) model
  • Provide advising and support for students interested in secondary physics teaching credential
  • Team teaching and collaborative relationships among education and physics faculty in offering credential courses