Academic Catalog

Physics Major — B.A. with Teaching Option

No additional students are being admitted to this program as of Fall 2021.

This program prepares students for initial New York State certification to teach at the secondary school (7-12) level.


Physics and Science Content Area Requirements60
Core Education Requirements41-47
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 117-29
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements 

PHYS 11700Principles of Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 11800Principles of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 12000Introductory Applied Physics Laboratory3
ASTR 17500Stars, Galaxies and the Universe3
PHYS 21700Principles of Physics III: Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics4
PHYS 21800Principles of Physics IV: Modern Physics4
PHYS 22500DC and AC Circuits3
PHYS 36000Advanced Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 44000Inquiry and the Nature of Science for the Science Teacher3
Select two courses from the following (some courses may have additional prerequisites):6
Classical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
BIOL 11500Essentials of Biology3
CHEM 11000General Chemistry3
COMP 17100Principles of Computing Science I4
EDUC 34100Science, Technology, and Society1
MATH 11100Calculus I4
MATH 11200Calculus II4
MATH 21100Calculus III4
EDUC 10200Reading Foundations2
EDUC 20100Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher2
EDUC 20200Literacy Across the Disciplines for Middle and Secondary Education2
EDUC 21010Educational Psychology3
EDUC 21800Introduction to Pedagogy and Practice3
EDUC 21910Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice3
EDUC 22900Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators2
EDUC 23900Educating Students with Special Needs in Diverse Classrooms3
EDUC 34000Social and Cultural Foundations of Education3
EDUC 40800Professional Development Seminar0
EDUC 41010Pedagogy and Practice for the Science Teacher3
EDUC 41210Seminar in Reflective Practice3
EDUC 49810Professional Semester in Education12
EDUC 19210Child Abuse Identification and Prevention0
EDUC 19220Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention0
EDUC 19230School Violence Prevention0
EDUC 19240Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention0
Foreign Language proficiency0-6
Total Credits101-107

Additional Requirements

  1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.
  2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete writing course WRTG 10600 or above.
  3. All teaching-option students must maintain a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 as well as a G.P.A. of 3.0 in their subject area coursework.
  4. Students must earn a grade of B or better in all EDUC courses in Education Core to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
  5. EDUC 49810 and EDUC 41210 constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken nor can teacher candidates participate in extra-curricular activities that have the potential to affect time for teaching and preparation.
  6. During the semester of student teaching, the student may not play a college sport.
  7. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all New York State Certification tests or performance assessments required by the state for the applicant's intended teaching certificate (type, grade levels, and subject areas).
  8. The department chair and the coordinator of teacher education in the subject area must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.
  9. The All-College Teacher Education Unit at Ithaca College requires teacher education students, regardless of program area, to be reviewed at four programmatic transition points during their course of study. Continuation in a teacher education major is contingent upon the student successfully meeting the requirements of each transition point review; therefore, admission into one of the Ithaca College Teacher Education Program majors at admission or upon transfer to the College does not guarantee that a student will be allowed to complete the program required for teaching certification. Further information can be found in the Unit-Wide Assessment Systems section of the main Department of Education catalog page.