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Joint Statement on the Education of Future Teachers

In 1999, the AIP member societies, including the APS, AIP, and AAPT, endorsed the following statement about science teacher preparation.

The scientific societies listed below urge the physics community, specifically physical science and engineering departments and their faculty members, to take an active role in improving the pre-service training of K-12 physics/science teachers. Improving teacher training involves building cooperative working relationships between physicists in universities and colleges and the individuals and groups involved in teaching physics to K- 12 students. Strengthening the science education of future teachers addresses the pressing national need for improving K-12 physics education and recognizes that these teachers play a critical education role as the first and often-times last physics teacher for most students. While this responsibility can be manifested in many ways, research indicates that effective pre-service teacher education involves hands-on, laboratory-based learning. Good science and mathematics education will help create a scientifically literate public, capable of making informed decisions on public policy involving scientific matters. A strong K-12 physics education is also the first step in producing the next generation of researchers, innovators, and technical workers.

Endorsing societies:
American Physical Society
American Association for Physics Teachers
American Astronomical Society
American Institute of Physics
Acoustical Society of America
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
American Vacuum Society


In April of 2003, the APS wrote to all physics department heads in colleges and universities in the US asking for their departments to endorse the above statement. As of April 1, 2004, the following 256 departments have given their endorsement. Please check the APS website to see if more institutions have signed the agreement.

Abilene Christian University
Albertson College of Idaho
Alma College
Amherst College
Angelo State University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Augsburg College
Augusta State University
Ball State University
Baylor University
Bemidji State University
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Boise State University
Bowdoin College
Bowling Green State University
Bridgewater College
Bridgewater State College
Brigham Young University
Bryn Mawr College
CUNY, City College
CUNY, Lehman College
California Institute of Technology
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Chico
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University
Christian Brothers University
Christopher Newport University
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clark University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Notre Dame of Maryland
College of St. Catherine
College of William & Mary
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Davidson College
Denison University
Dickinson College
Dillard University
Dordt College
East Carolina University
East Central University
Elmhurst College
Emporia State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Georgian Court College
Gettysburg College
Goshen College
Grand Valley State University
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Harding University
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Hope College
Howard University
Idaho State University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana U. Purdue U. Fort Wayne
Indiana U. Purdue U. Indianapolis
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University, South Bend
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kalamazoo College
Kansas State University
Kent State University
Kenyon College
King College
La Sierra University
Lafayette College
Lewis University
Longwood University
Loras College
Loyola University Chicago
Manhattanville College
Marshall University
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mercer University
Miami University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Middlebury College
Millersville University
Millikin University
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Mississippi State University
Montana State University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
Muhlenberg College
Murray State University
New Mexico Highlands University
North Carolina A & T State University
Northern Michigan University
Northwestern State University
Oakland University
Oberlin College
Oglethorpe University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma City University
Oregon State University
Pacific University
Pennsylvania State University
Pomona College
Princeton University
Principia College
Purdue University-West Lafayette
Randolph-Macon College
Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Ripon College
Roanoke College
Roberts Wesleyan College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
SUNY at Buffalo
SUNY at Stony Brook
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY College at Geneseo
SUNY College at Oswego
SUNY, Binghamton University
Saint Cloud State University
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Michael's College
Saint Thomas University, Miami, FL
Salisbury University
Samford University
San Diego State University
Seattle University
Slippery Rock University
Sonoma State University
South Carolina State University
South Dakota State University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southern Arkansas University
Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Southern Nazarene University
Southern Oregon University
Southwest Missouri State University
Southwest Texas State University
Southwestern College
Spelman College
Stanford University
State University of West Georgia
Stephen F. Austin State University
Syracuse University
Tennessee Tech University
Texas A & M University-College Station
Texas A & M University-Commerce
Texas A & M University-Kingsville
Texas Christian University
Texas Technical University
Thomas More College
Towson University
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Alabama, Huntsville
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Evansville
University of Florida
University of Hartford
University of Idaho
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of La Verne
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Michigan, Dearborn
University of Michigan, Flint
University of Minnesota, Duluth
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Missouri, Rolla
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina, Asheville
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
University of North Texas
University of Northern Colorado
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Saint Thomas
University of San Francisco
University of South Dakota
University of Southern California
University of Southern Colorado
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Texas-Pan American
University of Toledo
University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washburn University of Topeka
Wayne State University
Weber State University
West Chester University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Illinois University
Western Kentucky University
Western Michigan University
Westminster College, Fulton, MO
Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
Westmont College
Wheaton College
Wheeling Jesuit University
Whitman College
William Jewell College
Williams College
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Youngstown State University

Also, acting on the above statement, the APS, AIP, and AAPT initiated the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) project in 2001. For more information, please visit the PhysTEC site at www.phystec.org.