Teaching Physics

Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITPP): Requirements and Recommended Course Schedule 

The Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITPP) provides paths to 4-year science and math degrees that include a teaching credential and preparation for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Students who are interested in middle or secondary education (grades 6-12) in California may earn a degree in physics while simultaneously completing requirements for a teaching credential. The degree integrates content knowledge and laboratory practices in the discipline, evidence-based teaching/learning theories, teaching performance expectations, and pre-student teaching clinical practice while satisfying baccalaureate degree requirements and CTC single subject credential program standards. There is some flexibility to meet individual needs. Students are encouraged to consult the ITPP website (http://www.sandiego.edu/itpp) and advisors (itpp@sandiego.edu) to ensure that their needs and interests will be met.

In addition to all courses for the physics major, students completing the ITPP pathway must also take the following:

BIOL 240
and 240L
Bioenergetics and Systems
and Bioenergetics and Systems Laboratory
4
BIOL 242
and 242L
Genomes and Evolution
and Genomes and Evolution Laboratory
4
EOSC 110 Introduction to Geosciences 4
EDUC 332P Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms 3
EDUC 334P Methods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society 3
EDUC 337P Foundations in Curriculum and Instruction Theory: Secondary Praxis in Historical Context 3
EDUC 381C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society 3
EDUC 382 Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 3
EDUC 384C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts 3
EDUC 491P Student Teaching for the Single Subject Credential 9
EDUC 491S Student Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential 3
EDSP 389P Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society 3
Total Units 45

The following paradigm is included as a guide only, and should not be interpreted in a rigid sense.   Physics courses may be taken at any time as long as the course prerequisites have been satisfied. 

Recommended Course Schedule, Physics ITPP Pathway

FRESHMAN YEAR
Semester I Units
LLC Course 3
CHEM 151
and 151L
General Chemistry I 4
MATH 150 Calculus I 4
Core or Electives 6
Semester II Hours
CHEM 152
and 152L
General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 270
and 270L
Introduction to Mechanics 4
MATH 151 Calculus II 4
Core or Electives 3
Semester III (Summer) Hours
EOSC 110 Introduction to Geosciences 4
BIOL 240
and 240L
Bioenergetics and Systems 4
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Semester I Hours
PHYS 271
and 271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 494 Special Topics 1
MATH 250 Calculus III 4
EDUC 381C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society 3
Core or Electives 3
Semester II Hours
PHYS 272
and 272L
Introduction to Modern Physics 4
PHYS 282 Introduction to Methods in Computational Physics 1
MATH 310 Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I 3
EDUC 382 Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society 3
Core or Electives 3
Semester III (Summer) Hours
BIOL 242
and 242L
Genomes and Evolution 4
EDSP 389P Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society 3
JUNIOR YEAR
Semester I Hours
PHYS 319 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
PHYS 330 Quantum Mechanics 3
MATH 331 Partial Differential Equations 3
PHIL 341 Ethics and Education 3
EDUC 332P Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms 3
Semester II Hours
PHYS 314 Analytical Mechanics 3
PHYS Elective 3
EDUC 337P Foundations in Curriculum and Instruction Theory: Secondary Praxis in Historical Context 3
EDUC 384C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts 3
Core or Electives 3
Semester III (Summer) Hours
Core or Electives 6
SENIOR YEAR
Semester I Hours
EDUC 334P Methods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society 3
EDUC 491P Student Teaching for the Single Subject Credential 9
EDUC 491S Student Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential 3
Semester II Hours
PHYS 324 Electromagnetism 3
PHYS Elective 3
PHYS 480 Experimental Modern Physics 4
Core or Electives 6