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Praxis Workshops

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Teaching physics involves helping students to see the world in a new way. It involves crafting a learning environment where students are able to explore and understand how the physical world works, and to connect complex scientific concepts to their daily lives.

This 26-credit Curriculum and Instruction undergraduate certificate is available only to students pursuing a BS in Physics. Students who complete both the BS in Physics and this undergraduate certificate will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Physics.

Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must complete the Undergraduate Declaration of Certificate and the Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program application. At the time of application, students must also have satisfied the following requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment; and an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework (note: a minimum grade of C (2.0) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason). See https://cehd.gmu.edu/UGTeach for more information on the admissions process.

Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements (https://cehd.gmu.edu/endorse/), pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better in all licensure coursework.

Certificate Requirements

Additional Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework (3 credits)

Note

All other discipline-specific content competencies coursework should be satisfied with the core requirements of the Physics major.

Teacher Licensure Coursework (23 Credits)

Total: 26 credits