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Stony Brook: a thriving teacher eduction program  
School districts in the United States consistently rank physics as the highest teacher shortage area among all academic disciplines. Although the number of high school students taking physics has more than doubled over the past two decades, less than half of public school physics courses are taught by an instructor with a degree in the subject.

The Stony Brook physics teacher education program was part of a recent study by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) of eight diverse and thriving programs. Besides Stony Brook's Physics MAT, programs at Georgia State, Boulder, Rutgers, Rowan, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Brigham Young and Austin were selected for the study. As programs at large universities that typically graduate five or more physics teachers a year these programs serve as role models.

Common characteristics of these model programs were identified and embodied in the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PETRA) Rubric. This rubric is intended to provide programs feedback and help them emulate the success of the programs studied.

The full report can be found here.

Stony Brook's MAT is particularly noted for institutional commitment to teacher education, leadership and collaboration between iSTEM and physics faculty, and most importantly knowledge and skills of physics teachers. For the past 4 years our program has been consistently invited to join the PhysTEC 5+ Club that highlights postsecondary institutions for graduating five or more physics teachers in a given year. Last year we were ranked 3rd, see here for more details.

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