The Cornell Education Studies 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.
Cornell Education Studies 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 or related fields can add a minor in education, utilizing the education courses as their outside concentration. Students can add the minor as early as their freshman year or as late as their junior year.