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Physics & Earth-Space Science Teaching

The teaching majors in physics and earth-space science—two distinct programs—are for those who wish to teach one of these subjects to grades 5-12. As science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields continually develop, our courses combine fundamental science courses with the Department of Education’s teaching curriculum. The teaching majors are designed not only to give you an exceptional understanding of physics or earth-space science, but also to prepare you to pass your knowledge off to students in a classroom setting.

To be eligible for a middle/high school teaching license, you must take at least 60.5 credit hours in physics and supporting courses, or 45.5 credit hours in earth-space science and supporting courses, in addition to education courses. You can complete the program in four years. To make sure you stay on track, you'll have two academic advisors—one in the Physics & Earth-Space Science Department and one in the Teacher Education Department.

Program strengths

  • Curriculum design gives you a wealth of knowledge in the sciences as well as in the fundamentals of teaching
  • Education courses teach you to confidently enter a classroom, from lesson-planning to articulating your own unique approach to pedagogy.
  • Ability to enter the classroom within your first year, gaining experience very early on in your education
  • A variety of school settings give you practice with various teaching methods
  • UIndy's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

These teaching majors might be for you if:

  • You are interested in teaching at the middle school or high school level
  • You have an interest in these particular areas of science
  • You genuinely enjoy helping others

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a physics or earth-space science teaching major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The teaching guides lists the classes you'll need to take to fulfill your teaching major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.