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Physics Teaching

Share your passion for physics and teach students in grades 5-12.

Physics Teaching (5-12) – B.S. in Physics, Physics Teaching (5-12) Emphasis

The Physics Teaching option at Montana State is specifically designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach physics to middle and high school students in grades 5 through 12. Physics Teaching students are enrolled in a combination of physics and education education coursework designed to prepare those students to thrive as teachers. Often, PhysicsTeaching majors also obtain a teaching minor to strengthen their skills and reach more students within the classroom.

In addition to a teaching major, Physics (5-12) is available as a teaching minor.



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Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

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Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Physics Teaching students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Middle School Teaching
  • High School Teaching
  • Tutoring

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.