Combined Physics, BA / Physics Education Adolescence, EdM / Chemistry Education, CAS

The UB Teach physics-chemistry education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that allows you to earn a physics BA (teaching of science, physics and chemistry education), a physics education EdM, and chemistry education CAS in five years. The program focuses on providing you with content expertise in physics and chemistry while preparing you to teach physics and chemistry at the adolescence level.

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Why Physics-Chemistry and Physics Education at UB?

In this combined program, you will study in the Departments of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education. While in the College of Arts and Sciences, you benefit from a dedicated focus on the disciplines of physics and chemistry; in the Department of Learning and Instruction, you learn how to bring science to life in grades 5 to 12 classroom.

UB prepares highly qualified teachers who lead their classrooms, shape students’ lives and positively engage with the communities they serve.

Students enrolled in this program will:

  • Study the basic laws of physics, their corollaries, and comprehend how they can be applied to explain specific natural phenomena
  • Learn through laboratory skills and exposure to a variety of experiments illustrating important phenomena, measuring techniques, and qualitative analysis of data
  • Complete intensive clinical education experiences in collaboration with Western New York schools across diverse settings, while learning the nuances of the teaching profession.
  • Gain the skills, expertise and confidence to implement evidence-based practice in the classroom and co-teach alongside an expert teacher in a one-year residency.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Education (EdM) and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for New York State (NYS) initial and professional certification in physics education, and initial certification in chemistry
Grade levels 7 to 12 with 5 to 6 extension
Credits required for completion 160
Time to completion 5 years
Course delivery On campus, online
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Physics teacher
  • Lab technician
  • Systems analysis
Experiential contact hours
  • Clinical experiences embedded in undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • A full one-year teaching residency in the final year of the program
Application deadline Early action: Nov. 15
Scholarship consideration: Dec. 8
Regular decision: Feb. 1

Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
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For more information about coursework and requirements, please contact:
Office of Educator, 716-645-2461