For the 2012-2013 academic year, Michigan State University joined the Physics Teacher Education Coalition’s (PhysTEC) prestigious 5+ Club. Invitations are extended to any university that graduates 5 or more physics teachers in an academic year.
The United States has a serious lack of qualified physics teachers. According to the National Task Force on Teacher Education, “the need for qualified physics teachers is greater now than at any previous time in U.S. history.”
It is normal for an academic institution to graduate between zero and two physics teachers per year, with the most common number being the former. MSU’s dedication to graduating qualified physics teachers will provide long-term dividends for the state of Michigan as it addresses what is currently a very concerning shortage. The school aims to encourage more and more students to pursue STEM educations.
It should come as little surprise that MSU is a leader in physics education. The university is the top-ranked, world leader in nuclear physics, home to a particle accelerator and the future Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.