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Related Skills

  • Working with others
  • Strong math background
  • Strong communication skills
  • Logical thinker
  • Self-motivated

Being Successful in the Field

The American Association of Physics Teachers has resources specifically for teacher education students, current teachers, and job-seekers. 

The Society of Physics Students’ Careers Toolbox has information about choosing a career, job searching, and resources for building your resume and preparing for interviews.

View employment data from the American Institute of Physics .

In addition to these general resources, our Physics Teacher Education Coordinator is available to answer your questions and meet with you to ensure you're ready for the next phase of your career.  

Related Fields

Students in our Teacher Education degree sequence primarily become high school physics teachers. The Physics Teacher Education degree at Illinois State certifies you to teach all introductory science courses at the high school level. 

In the past two decades, the number of high school students taking physics has more than doubled, while less than half of high school physics classes are taught by someone with a physics degree. 

Our program is one of the largest in the country, making our students highly marketable to schools around the country.  

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Olanna Pullen  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Dan Holland  311B Moulton Hall  (309) 438-8756