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Join the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

Physics consistently ranks among the subjects most in need of high school teachers. Joining PhysTEC is key to addressing this severe national shortage. The future of an educated, scientifically literate population and physics as a discipline depends on high-quality teachers. Become an advocate for physics teacher education, and make a difference by applying for your institution to be a PhysTEC member.

Membership Benefits

Coalition members share innovative ideas, learn from national leaders in the field, and promote awareness of the importance of physics and physical science teacher education efforts. Specific benefits include:

Membership Requirements

Any college or university that is committed to becoming part of the solution to resolving the physics teacher shortage is welcome to apply, whether it is just beginning work in physics teacher preparation or is already engaged in preparing future physics teachers. There is no cost to join.

Please note that coalition membership is not currently available to high schools. PhysTEC strongly recommends high school teachers join the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). This organization serves current physics teachers and those who develop curricula for high school physics courses.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the PhysTEC membership form.
  2. Send a letter to from your institution’s physics department head or nearest equivalent with the following: (a) a statement of support for becoming a PhysTEC member institution and (b) an endorsement of the Joint Statement on the Education of Future Teachers.

We look forward to working with you and your institution as we continue to promote excellence in physics and physical science teacher preparation. If you have any questions about PhysTEC, please contact project staff at

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