NJCTL Physics Program Receives National Recognition


the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL) was honored as one of only 10 institutions recognized by PhysTEC’s 5+ Club for the 2020-21 academic year. The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) “Club 5+” is a group of institutions that have graduated at least five physics teachers in a given year.

Most colleges and universities produce fewer than two qualified physics teachers per year, with the majority obtaining none. Over the past 12 years, 282 teachers have graduated from the NJCTL Physics Approval Program, or about 24 per year.

The presidents of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Sylvester James Gates, Jr. and Jan Landis Mader hailed the accomplishments of the NJCTL.

“We commend the NJCTL for its outstanding contributions to the training of future physics teachers,” they wrote. “Graduating more than five physics professors in one academic year places NJCTL in the 99th percentile of all colleges and universities in the United States. We commend the NJCTL for its excellence in physics teacher education and for serving as a national model for STEM teacher preparation. NJCTL’s excellent Physics Teacher Preparation Program is a service to the State of New Jersey.

PhysTEC, a flagship educational program of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), aims to improve the training of future physics teachers by transforming physics departments, creating successful models for physics teacher training programs and by disseminating best practices. The project has funded over 40 sites to create physics teacher training programs.
(To see www.phystec.org for more details.)

The PhysTEC program is supported by the National Science Foundation and the APS Campaign for the 21st Century.

NJCTL is a non-profit organization that provides a simple, scalable solution to our country’s STEM teacher shortage and the great social injustice that stems from denying underserved students access to STEM education. . NJCTL was founded in 2006
by NJEA.


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