Interested in being a Secondary Physics Teacher?
If you have an undergraduate degree in Physics, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in physics and you will not need to follow the steps below. However, please follow all previously described application submission steps.
If you have an undergraduate degree in any major other than Physics, you may also qualify to enter the MAT. You will need 30 credit hours of coursework in physics which may qualify you to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary Physics.
You can do a preliminary transcript review yourself by following these steps:
Identify your coursework in physics. Coursework includes the following topics:
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Optics and Waves: Special Topics in Modern Physics
You may visit the ETS web site to review description of each topic. This will help you to determine the number of credits and courses you have that could apply to content specialization in Secondary Physics.
You can also do a preliminary transcript review yourself by following these steps:
- Use the chart below, based on National Standards, to determine what courses you have in each of the standard areas.
- Highlight the qualifying courses on your transcript and place the name of the course and the number of credits in the columns.
- Then add up the total number of credits in the right column and read the note at the bottom of the page.
Competencies Demonstrated (Based upon the National Standards for Secondary Physics)
Course prefix, number and name ( Ex. Physics 450)
# Credits Place in this Row
Energy, work and power
Motion, major forces and momentum
Newtonian physics with engineering applications
Conservation mass, momentum, energy and charge
Physical properties of matter
Kinetic-molecular motion and atomic models
Radioactivity, nuclear reactors, fission and fusion
Wave theory, sound, light, electromagnetic spectrum, optics
Electricity and magnetism
Fundamental processes of investigating in physics
Applications of physics in environmental quality and to personal and community health
Thermodynamics and energy-matter relationships
Nuclear physics, angular rotation, momentum centripetal forces and vector analysis
Quantum mechanics, space-time relationships, special relativity
Models of nuclear and subatomic structures and behavior
Light behavior, including wave-particle duality and models
Issues related to physics such as disposal of nuclear waste, light pollution, shielding communication systems and weapons development
Historical development and cosmological perspectives in physics
How to design, conduct and report research in physics
Application of physics and engineering in society, business, industry and health fields
Earth Science and/or Astronomy
Mathematics and statistical concepts
You may also visit the web site to review the National Standards for Secondary Physics Teacher.
If you have a total of 30 credits in the right column, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in physics. If you have less than 30 credits, you may or may not qualify for this specialization, and/or other preliminary "qualifying courses may be needed. Transcripts missing 3 credits will take special review by a transcript specialist.
If you think you may qualify for the physics specialization, please continue with the application process. If you have a different content specialist interest area, please go back to the FAQ page and click on one of the other content area links.