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Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
    
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adolescent Physics - MA / Advanced Certificate


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Education Adviser Stephen Demeo; (212) 772-4776; 908 West Building; sdemeo@hunter.cuny.edu

Physics and Astronomy Department Adviser (Master’s Degree Only) Rodney Varley; (212) 772-5252; 1216 North Building; rvarley@ hunter.cuny.edu

This program is designed to serve individuals who do not have initial, professional or permanent certification in the teaching of science.

 

Admission Requirements


Master’s Degree

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College with an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8.

2. A major in physics.

3. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following (in addition to a physics major): 6 credits in English, 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of high school study in the same foreign language with grades of C or better documented by high school transcript will meet this requirement), 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography), 3 credits in the arts, and 6 credits in math/technology (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement).

4. Two professional references to be included with the application for admission.

5. A personal statement to be completed as part of the application for admission.

 

Advanced Certificate

1. An undergraduate major of at least 30 credits in physics and a master’s degree in the content area with a GPA of at least 3.3 from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College.

2. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following (in addition to physics): 6 credits in English, 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of the same language in high school with a grade of “C” or higher satisfies this requirement), 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography), 3 credits in the arts, and 6 credits in math/technology (a college course in calculus meets this requirement).

3. Two professional references to be included with the application for admission.

4. A personal statement to be completed as part of the application for admission.
In addition, all students in this program will be required to take the Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and submit their scores to the School of Education before they complete 12 credits of course work. A student who does not receive a passing score on the CST may be required to enroll in additional courses in physics.

 

Progress Standards


A. 12-Credit Progress Standards for Matriculated Students

1. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.

2. Students with more than one course grade below B in the first 12 credits of SEDC or SEDF course work will not be allowed to continue in the program.

3. Students who receive a grade of F in any course, including arts and sciences courses, in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

4. Students with one grade of IN (Incomplete) within the first 12 credits are restricted from registering for more than one additional course. Those with two or more INs will not be allowed to register for any courses.

 Note: It is recommended that students with two or more INs take an official leave of absence.

5. All students must take the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and submit their scores to the Office of Educational Services before they complete 12 credits of course work. Any student who does not receive a passing score on the LAST must enroll in the school’s reading/writing workshop before being permitted to register for any courses.

B. Fieldwork Benchmarks

All field experiences and student teaching will take place in New York City public schools.

Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+ or C in a field experience or student teaching course must apply to the chairperson of the department for permission to repeat that course, which may be repeated only once. Any student who receives a grade of F may not reregister and will not be allowed to continue in the program.

 

Adolescent Physics Course of Study


Physics Courses* (16 Credits) For Master’s Degree Programs Only


Culminating Experiences


Culminating Project in Physics: See Exit Standards                   Physics Department

Professional teaching portfolio                                                  School of Education   

Total Credits of Master’s Degree Program 38-39 credits
              

Exit Standards


 An overall GPA of 3.0

Master’s degree students will develop a professional teaching portfolio, which is a cumulative effort, integrating course and fieldwork throughout the program. In particular, students will be expected to complete a major research-based project, include artifacts that reflect the theme of that research, and connect all components through critical reflection. Teacher candidates must show progress toward the completion of the portfolio through regular review by their advisers. Students will arrange for a presentation and final review of their work during the last semester in the program. A performance assessment checklist and rating scale will be implemented to assess the quality of the culminating experiences (portfolio and reflective presentation).

Master’s degree students will also be expected to either prepare a research proposal or to conduct a research project while enrolled in PHYS 660, which serves as the capstone course in physics.

Students must pass the School of Education technology assessment.

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