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The 5+ Club

Join the top 0.1% of institutions across the United States that graduate five or more physics teachers in a single year. Each year, PhysTEC Member Institutions who meet this high bar may apply for admission to The 5+ Club!

How are The 5+ Club Awardees Recognized?

PhysTEC will:

  • Send a letter of commendation co-signed by presidents of the American Physical Society (APS) and American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) to the university president and other appropriate institutional leaders
  • Present a certificate of achievement at the awards ceremony of the next PhysTEC Conference
  • Congratulate new members of The 5+ Club in APS News and the AAPT eNNOUNCER
  • Mark the institution as a 5+ Club in the Member Institution directory, and provide a web badge that may be placed on the program’s website
  • Provide a draft press release, if requested

See the full list of awardees

About the Application Process

5+ Club applications for each academic year open in the following Fall and awardees are announced in Winter.


  • Your institution must be a PhysTEC Member. Apply to become one!
  • Your institution must have graduated 5 or more physics teachers within the previous academic year (September through August, or between the first days of two consecutive Fall terms).
  • For the purposes of this application, “physics teacher” means “any student who has graduated from a PhysTEC member institution and has a major or minor in physics (or has completed equivalent coursework) AND has completed a teacher education program leading to certification.”

Application Elements:

  • List all relevant graduating physics teachers from your institution along with their content knowledge, certification pathway, and completion date
  • Write a 2-3 paragraph summary of your institution’s physics teacher education program, emphasizing any plans for increasing the number of physics teacher graduates

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