Physics Education

Our master's program in physics education focuses on preparing you to teach physics at the adolescence level. You will join a dynamic community of physics education teachers, educators and researchers who engage and question 21st century critical issues in physics education.

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Why Physics Education at UB?

The features of our program include:
  • addressing critical issues in physics education
  • applying innovative teaching and learning approaches in the physics education classroom
  • designing and conducting research related to assessment, equity, inclusion, inquiry and technology
  • developing and administering assessment methods appropriate for physics education contexts
  • understanding the environmental, psychological and social conditions of physics education teaching and learning

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 30 credit hours in PHYSICS

In addition, the following science distribution must be met: 3 credits in biology, 3 credits in chemistry, 3 credits in earth science, 3 credits in physics.

Physics Education Programs

Initial Initial / Professional Professional

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Professional Certification in Physics Education
Grade levels 7 to 12 with 5 to 6 extension
Credits required for completion 33
Time to completion 2 to 3 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Career opportunities
  • Physics teacher
  • Corporate trainer
  • Museum and environmental organization work
  • Science and curriculum specialist
Experiential contact hours Additional clinical experience may be embedded in content coursework 
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15


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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.