Applied Physics—Physical Science Teacher Certification Secondary Education (K-12), B.A.

Completion of this major and New Jersey teacher certification program prepares one for a career as a physical science teacher in high schools in which science is taught as a separate subject. Continued study may include a master’s degree in education, physics, geology, biology, environmental science, or natural science.


  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
  • A minimum of B- or better on all education courses
  • Passing scores on the Praxis CORE, or 560 verbal, 540 Math on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT, or 155 verbal, 156 quantitative on the GRE.

Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Tests, as of 9/1/19:

  • Math Test #5733         Passing Score 150
  • Reading Test #5712    Passing Score 156
  • Writing Test #5722     Passing Score 162

Students who meet the score levels below are not required to take the Praxis CORE:

SAT Scores

  • If taken before 4/1/1995: Math 520, Reading 480
  • If taken between 4/1/1995 to 2/28/2016: Math 540, Reading 560
  • If taken on or after 3/1/2016: Math 570, 610 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or 30 Reading Section

ACT Scores

  • If taken before 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 20
  • If taken on or after 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 23

GRE Scores

  • If taken before 8/1/2011: Quantitative 720, Verbal 530
  • If taken on or after 8/1/2011: Quantitative 156, Verbal 155

For more information on Praxis exams:


  • Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
  • Successful completion of major in intended content area
  • Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exam
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of clinical experience and clinical practice (student teaching)

This includes successful submission of the performance assessment, edTPA, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.

Required Courses
PHYS 130College Physics I (Lecture)3
PHYS 1130Physics I Recitation & Laboratory1
PHYS 131Physics II (Lecture)3
PHYS 1131Physics II Recitation & Laboratory1
PHYS 230Physics III (Lecture)3
PHYS 1230Physics III Recitation & Laboratory1
MATH 192Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 193Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 292Calculus & Analytical Geometry III4
CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 1105General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 106General Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 1106General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory2
MATH 310Differential Equations3
Required Upper Level Courses 1
PHYS 401Principles and Application of Modern Optics *3
PHYS 1401Optics Recitation/Laboratory1
PHYS 204Digital Electronics and Applications3
PHYS 301Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
PHYS 321Theory and Applications of Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 405Introduction to Quantum Mechanics *3
PHYS 410Classical Mechanics4
CHEM 305Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 3305Physical Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
Upper Level Electives
MATH 330Mathematical Statistics I *3
BIOL 403Radiation Biology *4
Required General Education Courses
BIOL 225Human Sexual Biology3
or BIOL 224 The Human Body
or BIOL 106 Practical Nutrition
Required Education Courses
MATH 215Problem Solving in Mathematics 13
LTED 160Languages of Power and Social Justice 23
BIOL 224The Human Body3
or BIOL 225 Human Sexual Biology
or BIOL 106 Practical Nutrition
Phase I Courses 3
EDU 280Challenges in Urban Education3
LTED 230Focus: Reading Language & Literacy3
Phase II Courses 4
EDU 330Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning3
EDU 371Grades 7-12 Methods/Materials3
Phase III Courses 5
LTED 370Secondary:Reading & Language Workshop2
EDU 3372Methods and Materials of Teaching Science in Middle and Secondary Schools3
EDU 331Clinical Practice I2
Phase IV Courses 6
EDU 470Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar2
EDU 480Clinical Practice II 78
EDU 485Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar2
Total Credits112

Strongly recommended for students who have yet to meet Praxis Core Writing and Reading requirements.


Required of students who have yet to meet Praxis Core Math Requirement.


For certification purposes, at least 12 credits of 300 or 400 level classes are required (indicated with *).


These two courses must be taken prior to admission to any education program.


These courses may be taken concurrently.


These courses must be taken concurrently. Courses are offered in Fall only.


Students must pass appropriate Praxis II exam before registering for EDU 480.   

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101 English Composition I 4
INTD 101 Orientation to College *First time freshman only 1
MATH 175 Enhanced Precalculus 4
BIOL 225
Human Sexual Biology
or The Human Body
or Practical Nutrition
Semester 2
ENGL 102 English Composition II 4
INTD 180 Computer Tools For Science and Mathematics 3
PHYS 113 Introduction to Astronomy 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
PHYS 130
PHYS 1130
College Physics I (Lecture)
and Physics I Recitation & Laboratory
EDU 280 Challenges in Urban Education 3
LTED 230 Focus: Reading Language & Literacy 3
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
CHEM 105
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory
Semester 2
PHYS 131
PHYS 1131
Physics II (Lecture)
and Physics II Recitation & Laboratory
MATH 193 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
CHEM 106
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory
General Education Tier III Capstone Course 3
Physics Elective Course 3
Semester 1
EDU 330 Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning 3
EDU 371 Grades 7-12 Methods/Materials 3
MATH 292 Calculus & Analytical Geometry III 4
PHYS 240 Digital Techniques and Applications 3
Physics Elective Course 3
Semester 2
PHYS 230
PHYS 1230
Physics III (Lecture)
and Physics III Recitation & Laboratory
PHYS 321 Theory and Applications of Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 401 Principles and Application of Modern Optics 3
PHYS 404 Nuclear Radiation: Theory and Applications 3
PHYS 405 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3
Semester 1
LTED 370 Secondary:Reading & Language Workshop 2
EDU 331 Clinical Practice I 2
EDU 3372 Methods and Materials of Teaching Science in Middle and Secondary Schools 3
MATH 311 Differential Equations for Engineers 4
PHYS 480 Physics Research 3
Physics Elective Course 3
Semester 2
EDU 470 Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar 2
EDU 480 Clinical Practice II 8
EDU 485 Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar 2
 Total Credits127

**Education majors are exempt from 9 GE credits in Tier 2 as a dual major with required courses in other subjects.