Joint Statement on the Education of Future Teachers

Add Your Endorsement

Physics Departments
In April of 2003, APS sent the statement to all physics department heads in the U.S. Currently, 425 departments have sent their endorsements.

To add your endorsement, write to
PhysTEC Coordinator ( at APS. Endorsements must come from the current physics department head. Endorsements from outside the U.S. are welcome.

Teacher Preparation

To improve the education of future K-12 teachers of physics, APS, AIP and AAPT initiated the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) project.
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In 1999, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and most of its member societies, including APS and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), endorsed a statement urging physical science and engineering departments to actively improve training of K-12 physics/science teachers. Community response for bolstering teacher training was swift and support continues to grow.
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Endorsing Societies

  • Acoustical Society of America
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Institute of Physics
  • American Physical Society
  • American Vacuum Society
  • Optical Society of America

Endorsing Colleges and Universities

Abilene Christian University
Adrian College
Albertson College of Idaho
Alma College
Amherst College
Anderson University
Andrews University
Angelo State University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Arkansas State University
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Auburn University
Augsburg College
Augusta State University
Augustana College
Ball State University
Baylor University
Bemidji State University
Benedictine University
Berry College
Binghamton University, SUNY
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Boise State University
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Bowling Green State University
Bridgewater College
Bridgewater State College
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Bryn Mawr College
Buffalo State College
Butler University
CUNY, City College
CUNY, Lehman College
California Institute of Technology
California University of Pennsylvania
California Lutheran University
California Poly Pomona
California Poly, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Chico
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, San Marcos
Calvin College
Canisius College
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
Casper College
Catholic University of America
Central Washington University
Chatham University
Chicago State University
Christian Brothers University
Christopher Newport University
Chuvash State Teacher Training University
Claflin University
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clark University
Cleveland State University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Notre Dame of Maryland
College of St. Catherine
College of William & Mary
Colorado Christian University
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia University
Columbus State University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Davidson College
Delaware State University
Denison University
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Dillard University
Dodge City Community College
Dordt College
East Carolina University
East Central University
Eastern Illinois University
Eastern Kentucky University
Elon University
Elmhurst College
Emporia State University
Erskine College
Fairmont State University
Florida A & M University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida State University
Fort Hays State University
Francis Marion University
George Washington University
Georgia College & State University
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Georgian Court College
Gettysburg College
Goshen College
Grand Valley State University
Green River Community College
Grove City College
Guilford College
Haifa University-Campus Oranim
Hamilton College
Hamline University
Harding University
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Hillsdale College
Hiram College
Hofstra University
Hope College
Howard University
Idaho State University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University South Bend
Iowa State University
Ithaca College
Jackson State University
Jacksonville State University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson C. Smith University
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Kansas State University
Kennesaw State University
Kent State University
Kenyon College
King College
La Sierra University
Lafayette College
Lawrence Technological University
Lewis University
Lincoln University
Lone Star College-North Harris
Longwood University
Loras College
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola College in Maryland
Macquarie University
Manhattanville College
Marshall University
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McKendree University
McNeese State University
Medaille College
Mercer University
Miami University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
Middle State Tennessee University
Middlebury College
Millersville University
Millikin University
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Misericordia University
Mississippi State University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Monmouth College
Montana State University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
Morningside College
Muhlenberg College
Murray State University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico State University
North Carolina State University
North Carolina A & T State University
North Central College
North Dakota State University
North Georgia College and State University
Northern Michigan University
Northwestern State University
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Oakland University
Oberlin College
Oglethorpe University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma City University
Oregon State University
Pacific University
Passaic County Community College
Pennsylvania State University
Pittsburg State University
Pomona College
Portland State University
Princeton University
Principia College
Purdue University-West Lafayette
Radford University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Ripon College
Roanoke College
Roberts Wesleyan College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rowan University
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Saint Anselm College
Saint Cloud State University
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Mary's College (IN)
Saint Michael's College
Salisbury University
Samford University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jacinto College Central Campus
San Jose State University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Sienna College
Sonoma State University
South Carolina State University
South Dakota State University
Southeast Missouri State University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southern Arkansas University
Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southern Methodist University
Southern Nazarene University
Southern Oregon University
Southern University and A&M College
Southwest Missouri State University
Southwest Texas State University
Southwestern College
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Spelman College
St. Ambrose University
St. John's University
St. Thomas University
Stanford University
State University of West Georgia
Stephen F. Austin State University
Stony Brook University
Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University
SUNY at Buffalo
SUNY at Stony Brook
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY College at Geneseo
SUNY College at Oswego
SUNY Fredonia
Syracuse University
Tarleton State University
Tennessee Tech University
Texas A & M University
Texas A & M University-Commerce
Texas A & M University-Kingsville
Texas Christian University
Texas Southern University
Texas Tech University
The Citadel
The College of New Jersey
Thomas More College
Towson University
Trinity Christian College
Trinity University
Truman State University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Tuskegee University
Union University
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
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 Arkansas
University of Central Florida
University of Central Missouri
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Education, Winneba
University of Evansville
University of Florida
University of Hartford
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Houston
University of Houston, Clear Lake
University of Idaho
University of Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of La Verne
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisville
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
University of Memphis
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Michigan, Dearborn
University of Michigan, Flint
University of Minnesota, Duluth
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Montana
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Reno
University of New Hampshire
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of North Florida
University of North Texas
University of Northern Colorado
University of Northern Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
University of Portland
University of Puerto Rico
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of Saint Thomas
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of South Dakota
University of Southern California
University of Southern Colorado
University of Southern Indiana
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Brownsville
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas at Tyler
University of Texas-Pan American
University of Toledo
University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
University of Wyoming
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Vincennes University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Washburn University of Topeka
Wayne State University
Weber State University
Weizmann Institute of Science
West Chester University
West Virginia State University
West Virginia University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Carolina University
Western Illinois University
Western Kentucky University
Western Michigan University
Western Washington 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
Wichita State University
William Jewell College
Williams College
Winona State University
Winston-Salem State University
Wittenberg University
Women's Christian College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wright State University
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Youngstown State University

Endorsing Laboratories & Organizations

  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab
  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • Science Foundation Arizona