Juniors and Seniors
For junior and senior physics or engineering majors, there are a number of ways to become a physics teacher.
A change in an intended career later in college poses some challenges, especially in terms of funding. Don’t miss the scholarship information that can be found on our scholarship page.
There are numerous options for someone in your position. Many of these options require meeting early deadlines and/or passing written exams either before applying or before certain stages of the programs. Be sure to carefully investigate each choice well in advance to ensure that you are properly prepared.
One popular option is the Master of Arts in Education and Teaching Certification (MAC) program offered by the College of Education and Human Services. Completers receive a master’s degree and teaching certification simultaneously.
Master of Arts in Secondary Science Education
The Master of Arts in Secondary Science Education is a program primarily designed for individuals who do not already hold a teaching certification in secondary education and wish to become certified in science education (grade 5-adult). Completers receive a master’s degree and teaching certification simultaneously.
If you have 3 or more semesters remaining before your scheduled graduation and are interested in the WVUteach training process, you could consider committing to remaining an undergraduate for enough time to complete the WVUteach program as you finish your bachelor’s degree.
Another viable option is to enter an alternative certification program after receiving your bachelor’s degree. Alternative certification programs are designed for people like you who do not have an education degree but want to enter the teaching profession. Many of these programs provide a salary for novice teachers to teach in the classroom with a probationary or provisional license while working toward complete certification. Details of these programs vary by district and by state. Check our certification page for important information including required exams and scores, minimum GPA, differing alternative licensure options, and more.