Note: All Winona State University teacher education programs are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Please contact your program advisor and refer to the Teacher Education Addendum for the latest information about program requirements whether you are (1) applying to a teacher education program, or (2) currently enrolled in a teacher education program.
The Physics Department, in cooperation with other science departments and the College of Education, has developed a Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT)-approved program. Students should be aware that the program described below may continue to change as the BOT considers changes to the Science Licensure Programs. Students will need to work closely with their academic advisor to ensure that they will be able to graduate with a BOT-approved degree.
Successful completion of the Physics Teaching program will enable a student to apply for licensure in 9-12 high school physics, high school chemistry, and physical science upon achieving passing scores on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) basic skills, content, and pedagogy tests. The major meets Minnesota teacher certification requirements. Wisconsin certification requires minor modifications. Students preparing for certification in other states should consult with the department to learn of any necessary modifications.
- Students must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to and continue in the Teacher Education program
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all courses completed in the declared major
- College graduates are required to complete the courses listed under the respective options
Teaching majors must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program before they can enroll in Professional Education Sequence courses. Teaching majors must take all courses in the Professional Education Sequence in addition to the courses in the content area listed below. Be aware that some of the classes need to be taken together. For more information about teacher education admission requirements, see “Teacher Education Licensure Programs ” section or consult your advisor.
Required Courses (94-98 S.H.)
Chemistry - CHEM (26 S.H.)
Mathematics - MATH (12 S.H.)
Physics or Chemistry (8 S.H.)
Professional Educational Sequence (36 S.H.)
Note: Teacher education majors must take all courses in the Professional Education Sequence in addition to courses in the content area. Refer to the “Teacher Education Licensure Programs ” section of this catalog for more information.
- EFRT 401 and 461 must be taken concurrently
- EFRT 421 and 441 must be taken concurrently
- EFRT 459 and 462 must be taken concurrently
- Students are also required to take 12 S.H. of Student Teaching. This course varies by department and program. See advisor for more information.
- College graduates who need only a certification for grades 9-12 physics are required to complete these courses:
- PHYS 221 - University Physics I , PHYS 222 - University Physics II , PHYS 223 - University Physics III , PHYS 311 - Science Teaching Methods , PHYS 320 - Computational Physics , △ PHYS 330 - Electronics , △ PHYS 340 - Modern Physics , ◆ PHYS 345 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics , PHYS 350 - Mechanics , △ PHYS 370 - Optics , and ◎ PHYS 460 - Undergraduate Research .
- CHEM 212 - Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM 213 - Principles of Chemistry II .
- MATH 212 - Calculus I , MATH 213 - Calculus II , and ◆ MATH 313 - Differential Equations .
- EFRT 305 - Human Development and Learning: Secondary , EFRT 308 - Human Relations and Student Diversity and ◆ EFRT 312 - Instructional Planning and Assessment: Secondary , EDUC 429 - Secondary Reading and Teaching Strategies , △ EFRT 459 - The Professional Educator and ◎ EDST 465 - Student Teaching - Senior High School K-12 Specialty .
- College graduates who need only a certification for grades 9-12 chemistry are required to complete these courses:
- CHEM 212 - Principles of Chemistry I , CHEM 213 - Principles of Chemistry II , CHEM 312 - Practical Considerations of Teaching Science , CHEM 320 - Environmental Chemistry , CHEM 340 - Organic Chemistry Survey , ◎ CHEM 360 - Chemical Information , △ CHEM 400 - Biochemistry I , ◆ CHEM 412 - Physical Chemistry I , △ CHEM 413 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I , CHEM 425 - Analytical Chemistry I , △ CHEM 430 - Individual Projects in Chemistry , and ◎ CHEM 475 - Seminar in Chemistry .
- PHYS 221 - University Physics I , PHYS 222 - University Physics II , and PHYS 311 - Science Teaching Methods
- MATH 212 - Calculus I and MATH 213 - Calculus II .
- EFRT 305 - Human Development and Learning: Secondary , EFRT 308 - Human Relations and Student Diversity , ◆ EFRT 312 - Instructional Planning and Assessment: Secondary , EDUC 429 - Secondary Reading and Teaching Strategies , △ EFRT 459 - The Professional Educator , and ◎ EDST 465 - Student Teaching - Senior High School K-12 Specialty .
◎ = Oral Intensive
◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive
△ = Writing Intensive
✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement