Physics Endorsement & Recertification

The Univeristy of Virginia Department Physics and the School of Continuing & Professional Studies have expanded their program of producing certified high school physics teachers.

The recently established Masters of Arts in Physics Education (MAPE) program encourages inservice teachers without an undergraduate degree in physics to obtain their masters degree in a minimum of three summers (four weeks each) and some distance learning courses during the academic year. Financial support may be available if a proposed Eisenhower grant is received from SCHEV.

A teacher in Virginia may gain endorsement to teach a second science other than their primary one by taking 18 credit hours in the second science. Because many science teachers already have credits in physics from undergraduate school or previous courses, it may be possible to finish the required 18 credit hours in a year or two. This may particularly help a small rural school that offers one or two physics courses and cannot afford a full time physics teacher.

Any of our courses may be used for content and recertification.

The University of Virginia Department of Physics and School for Continuing and Professional Studies are cooperating to bring this program to Virginia's schools and teachers. The University of Virginia offers both summer and distance learning courses during the academic year. For more information contact

Professor Richard Lindgren
Department of Physics
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400714
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4714
434-982-2691
email: ral5q@virginia.edu
Professor Stephen Thornton
Department of Physics
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400714
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4714
434-982-6808
email: stt@virginia.edu