Physics and Education Interdisciplinary Major

Bowdoin Physics has a grant from PhysTEC, the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, to support the development of highly qualified, committed and passionate high school physics teachers.

The United States has a severe, long-term shortage of qualified physics teachers. If you love explaining how things work, giving back to the community, like young people, and want a job anywhere in the country consider becoming a high school Physics teacher with Bowdoin’s new Interdisciplinary Major in Physics Education.

Graph indicating percentage of physics teachers with a physics degree.
Graph: Percent of Physics Teachers With a Physics Degree (American Institute of Physics)

Here’s how to go about the interdisciplinary program:

Graph indicating the relative number of teachers in various fields, showing physics and chemistry to be represent the lowest population.
Graph (2011): High School Teachers with a Physics Degree, American Physical Society
This fills all the course prerequisites for students to apply to the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program (BTS). The BTS program prepares recent graduates or Bowdoin seniors to become public school teachers. Once students  complete the BTS program, we recommend them to the state for certification. At that point, they receive their state of Maine certification, which is reciprocal with the other 49 states and Washington, D.C., so they can get an initial teacher certification anywhere in the U.S.