School districts report a greater shortage of teachers in physics than in any other academic discipline. Only 35 percent of high-school physics teachers have a degree in physics or physics education. More than 250 colleges and universities have joined the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC), committing to educate greater numbers of highly qualified physics teachers. The PhysTEC project seeks to engage physics departments more deeply in teacher education so that every student will have the opportunity to learn physics from a qualified teacher. The PhysTEC members represent nearly one- third of all institutions offering physics degrees. Together these institutions graduate about 300 high-school physics teachers per year, addressing a significant fraction of the growing national need for 1400 new physics teachers per year. PhysTEC also organizes conferences and workshops, publishes articles and reports, and hosts listservs and websites (phystec.org and ptec.org) to more broadly connect with the physics community.
PhysTEC is the nation’s leader in improving and expanding the education of highly qualified physics teachers.