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The Characteristics of a Thriving Secondary Physics Teacher Education Program
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:00 PM -8:45 PM
  Author: Courtney Willis, University of Northern Colorado
351 2961, courtney.willis@unco.edu
  Co-Author(s): Cynthia Galovich , Matthew R Semak , Richard D Dietz
  Abstract: The physics department of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) typically graduates two to four secondary physics teachers each year. Since 2005 the UNC physics department has graduated 16 physics majors who have become teachers, and at present we have eight additional undergraduates who are planning on secondary teaching as a career. These are rather high numbers for any size university. Most universities have difficulties attracting physics majors into secondary teaching, which has led to the national shortage of qualified physics teachers. The exceptional productivity of our bachelor's-only program has been recognized by the American Institute of Physics. We examine possible causes for our success from the perspectives of both our faculty and our graduates.
  Footnotes: None
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