Physics Department Creates New Major for Future High School Teachers

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Karen Topp

In response to a national shortage of qualified high school physics teachers, Bowdoin’s physics and education departments have teamed up to create a new major that prepares students to teach physics in secondary schools.

“The point was to make this a more visible and supported career pathway,” Karen Topp said. Topp, a senior lecturer in physics and astronomy, said she started working with her colleagues about three years ago to launch the new interdisciplinary major when she realized the extent of the national teacher shortage — and saw the effects of it in her classes. Read the story.

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