Combined Physics, BA / Physics Education, EdM

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

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Why Physics and Physics Education at UB?

In this combined program, you will study in the Department 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 Department of Physics, you benefit from a dedicated focus on the discipline of Physics; in the Department of Learning and Instruction, you learn how to bring Physics to life in the 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:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the workings of the universe around us. From the smallest sub-atomic particles to the vastness of cosmic expansion, you will study how physics profoundly impacts our understanding of nature and our ability to harness its secrets for the progress of human kind. 
  • Build upon laboratory skills and experiments illustrating important phenomena, measuring techniques, and qualitative analysis of data and uncertainty at appropriate levels
  • 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) and Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for New York State (NYS) initial and professional certification in physics education
Grade levels 7 to 12 with 5 to 6 extension
Credits required for completion 156
Time to completion 5 years
Course delivery On campus, online


  • Physics teacher
  • Research
  • Government labs
  • Systems analyst
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.
Important Fall Dates

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  Important fall dates for incoming freshman


For more information about coursework and requirements, please contact:
Office of Educator, 716-645-2461