Passionate STEM educators are in demand, and you can help fill the gap. Our fully online, non-thesis program gives you the tools and knowledge to succeed in the classroom. Improve your teaching skills through our pedagogical, scientific and mathematical courses designed for physics educators. Graduating from our program will position you to join a community of Texas educators and share teaching ideas and strategies. Our master’s degree fulfills the 18 hours of graduate physics credit required to teach at the community college level*. The opportunities to spread curiosity, innovation and STEM education to future generations are ever-expanding.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration 2 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours 36 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required

Resources

Access helpful information about the MS in Physics with teaching emphasis (MPTE) degree program and learn how to register for classes.

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED as a physics educator

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A master's degree in physics with a teaching emphasis offers the opportunity to:

  • Expand your knowledge of physics and earn the credentials required to teach at the community college level
  • Pass along knowledge to future students by engaging in specialized classes on education theory and practice
  • Utilize well equipped instructional and research laboratories and telescopes located at A&M-Commerce

Careers

Increase your value in education by earning a master’s degree in physics with teaching emphasis from A&M-Commerce.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

High School Physics Teacher – $60,320, 8% projected job growth through 2026

High School Teachers
$60,320
Middle School Teachers
$58,600

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Internships are an important part of your education experience. You will complete a students teaching internship. Our alternative certification program office will work with you to place you in a school district anywhere within Texas.

What You Will Learn

Our program introduces modern theories of physics and astronomy to STEM educators. You’ll learn how to take these theories and apply them to the high school classroom. Work with faculty who specialize in physics education research as you explore courses in classical mechanics, astronomy and astrophysics. Our goal is to equip you with the tools needed to introduce modern physics theories and concepts (post-1865). The world of physics is ever-expanding. New discoveries point us towards more questions and problems to solve. Stay current in physics research through exploring our master’s degree program.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Core courses include quantum universe for educators, physics mathematical methods for educators and thermodynamics for educators.

Featured Courses

Student Profiles

Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Physics (MS) Teaching :: Admissions Requirements

Domestic Student Required Documents

  • ApplyTexas application
  • $50 (USD) application fee
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable)
  • Statement of goals
    • 300-600 words
    • Any previous research or teaching experience you might have
    • Research and career goals
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Scores
    One of the following
    • Official General Test GRE scores
    • A completed bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
    • A completed master’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Physics (MS) Teaching :: Admissions Requirements, International

International Student Required Documents

  • ApplyTexas application
  • $75 (USD) application fee
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor’s degree 
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable)
    • A copy of the provisional certificate or diploma
  • Scores
    One of the following
    • Official General Test GRE scores
    • A completed bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
    • A completed master’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of goals
    • 300-600 words
    • Any previous research or teaching experience you might have
    • Research and career goals
  • English proficiency
    Scores must be less than 2 years old.
    • Official TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550), or
    • Official IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall), or
    • Official PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher), or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States

Application Packet Submission Deadlines

Applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration: June 1

Spring admission consideration: October 15

Summer admission consideration: March 15

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  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011

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