The Cornell Teacher Education (CTE) program prepares teachers to work in a variety of educational settings and with a range of students. To complement their core subject knowledge acquired through a major (e.g., in Physics), students develop a broadly based knowledge of the art and science of teaching in secondary schools. Coursework and fieldwork in local educational settings integrate the practical and theoretical aspects of education.
The Cornell Teacher Education Program supports the unique needs of those studying to become teachers of physics. Students gain knowledge of ethical practice, teaching and learning processes, and the moral, social and political contexts of education, and integrate this with their understanding of physics. Students develop the knowledge and expert practice skills to assume leadership positions in formal educational settings (public, private, and charter schools, and other formal instructional situations).
Students majoring in physics can add a minor in education, utilizing the education courses as their outside concentration. Ideally, students apply to the CTE program as sophomores and take education courses as juniors and seniors -- including fieldwork to prepare for student teaching during their one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). The second semester of the MAT is designed to allow additional work in academic specialties for greater breadth and depth and further professional development.
Admission to the CTE program requires a solid undergraduate background in Physics, including acceptance into the major with a B (3.0) average, and evidence of successful teaching experience, such as participation in the UTA program, work as a camp counselor, teaching religious school lessons, or tutoring students in high school.