Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Master of Science in Education with Alternative Certification Program

Program Code: MSED-NS

Major Code: PHA

HEGIS 1902.01

Physics Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Dermot Coffey, Chair

Science Building 262, (716) 878-6726

Dan L. MacIsaac, Program Coordinator

Science Building 222, (716) 878-3802


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This master of science in physics education is designed for individuals who did not attain certification as part of their undergraduate curriculum. After completion of 200 clock hours of instruction, including 40 hours of field study, candidates may qualify for a NYSED transitional B certificate allowing them to teach in New York State.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in physics or a related area from an accredited four-year institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or approval of the department chair.
  2. A minimum of 18 credit hours (total) in two sciences other than physics (may be completed during the program if not completed by the time of admission).
  3. One year of college study or two years of high school study of a language other than English (may be completed during the program if not completed by the time of admission).
  4. Passing scores on two New York State examinations: the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the Physics Content Specialty Test (CST). (These exams may be taken after admission to the program but must be passed before a teaching position is accepted).
  5. A written personal statement.
  6. Three letters of reference.
  7. An interview may be required.

(Note: These admission requirements are mandated in the Transitional B certification regulations.)

Program Requirements

Exceptional Education and Educational Foundations

6 cr

SPF 529

Adolescent Psychology

Select one course from the following:

EXE 500

Individuals with Special Needs

EXE 577

Teaching Individuals with Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom


6 cr

EDU 417

Adolescent Literacy

Select one course from the following:

EDU 416

Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools

EDU 609

Improving Reading in the Content Areas

Physics Content with Model Pedagogy

18 cr

PHY 510

Physics for High School Teachers: Content and Pedagogy (6)

PHY 620

Powerful Ideas and Quantitative Modeling: Force, Motion, and Energy (6)

PHY 622

Powerful Ideas and Quantitative Modeling: Electricity and Magnetism (6)


6 cr

PHY 518

Wave Phenomena and Optics

PHY 520

Modern Physics

PHY 525

Nuclear and Particle Physics

PHY 616

Advanced Dynamics

PHY 618

Advanced Electricity and Magnetism I

SCI 527

Current Topics in Science

SCI 632

Curricular Trends in Science Teaching in the Secondary School

SCI 664

Teaching Science with Media

SCI 685

Evaluation in Science Education

Or other courses by advisement.


3 cr

PHY 500

Physics Education Research Seminar

Mentored Physics Teaching

3 cr

PHY 502

Initial Teaching Experience for Alternative Certification

Master’s Project

3 cr

PHY 690

Master’s Project

Other Science Courses

18 cr

18 credits spread over two other sciences. These may be undergraduate courses.

Total Required Credit Hours

45 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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