Jan 27, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Adolescent Physics, Grades 7-12 - BA/MA

The BA/MA program in Adolescent Physics Education leads to initial certification as a teacher in New York State.

This bachelor’s / master’s program in adolescent education is designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban secondary schools. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling of the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their aligned liberal arts or sciences major. Courses for this program are taken at both the undergradaute and gradaute levels. This program includes fieldwork in New York City Public schools. 

Declaring the Major

Before you can declare a School of Education major as part of your bachelor’s degree, you must complete a group interview with faculty. Signing up for an interview can be done through the School of Education website. Current Hunter students can request an interview throughout the year.

Students interested in an Education program should interview as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about declaring a School of Education major as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter. 

The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

Requirements to Declare the Major

  1. Minimum of at least 60 credits but no more than 90 credits completed by the first semester in the education program.
  2. A Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  3. Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English composition and writing intensive coursework.
  4. Formal declaration of a major in Physics.
  5. Participation in a group interview.

Academic Progress Standards

  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+, C or D in a course with fieldwork or student teaching must apply to the department chairperson for permission to re-register for that course, which may be repeated only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of D in an education course will be required to repeat that course. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of F in any education course will not be permitted to continue in the program.
  • Take and pass both the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams prior to student teaching.

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement - Fall 2013 to Spring 2019  

In the case of the Physics, the courses that meet CCCR are:

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core Requirement.

Course of Study

Academic Plan:  PHYAE-BAMA

Credits: 97 - 114

Physics Requirements (54-71 Credits)

Based on placement exams or transferred courses, students may place into some more advanced Mathematics and Statistics courses without taking Hunter College pre-requisites. See the Physics department for details.

The following courses may be counted for credit in more than one program: MATH 101, 101EN, 10150, MATH 124, 125, 125, 140, 150, 155, 156, 250; CHEM 102, 104, 106


A. Introductory Physics: Two Semesters (11 credits)


B. Concentration in physics courses at the 200 level and higher (22-24 Credits)


C. Required Math & Chemistry courses (21-36 credits) 








NOTE: The chemistry courses may be substituted by one year of high-school-level chemistry. 

Students preparing to teach physics are advised to include the following courses or their equivalents in their undergraduate program:

Graduate Physics Courses (16 Credits)

For course descriptions please see the graduate catalog.

  • PHYS 63000 - Science and Society
  • PHYS 66000 - Challenging Concepts in Physics: Using Research to Identify Student Misconceptions and Assess Student Learning

     - Plus three electives (9 credits) from below –

  • PHYS 60500 - Mathematical Physics
  • PHYS 61500 - Electromagnetic Theory
  • PHYS 62500 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 64500 - Solid State Physics
  • PHYS 68500 - Numerical Methods I

Note: 700-level physics courses offered at the Graduate Center can be substituted for 600-level courses with permission of the graduate adviser.

Education Requirements (27 credits)

For course descriptions please see the graduate catalog.

  • SEDF 70300: Social Foundations of Education: Grades 7-12
  • SEDF 70400: Adolescent Development
  • SEDF 70500: Educational Psychology: Applications in Grades 7-12
  • SEDF 70600: Assessment of the Teaching and Learning Process in Grades 7-12
  • SEDC 71000: Building the Foundations of Literacy in Grades 7-12
  • SEDC 72000: Adolescent Health and Safety
  • SEDC 71300: Methods I: Classroom Organization, Management and Assessment of Instruction in Mathematics and Science Grades 7-12
  • SEDC 72400: Methods II: Teaching Diverse Learners in Science, Grades 7-12
  • SPED 70800: Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings
  • SEDC 75403: Student Teaching in Grades 7-12: Physics

School of Education Exit Standards

Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major or minor:

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop.  The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certification program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.