Help us solve the physics teacher shortage in the U.S.
Even small increases in the number of newly prepared teachers – such as an existing program graduating one additional physics teacher, or a professor inspiring one more student to enter a certification program – can make a huge difference to your local community.
Read on to explore our data about the physics teacher shortage. If you’re ready to participate in reducing the shortage, PhysTEC offers resources, tools, and strategies as well as funding opportunities to establish, bolster, and expand physics teacher education programs.
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See where institutions are preparing physics teachers
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This table reports state-by-state estimates for the annual number of new teachers who have at least a physics-related minor. Click on a state to learn more.
Estimated annual physics teacher need
Estimated need met ↓
Estimated new teachers with at least a physics-related minor
Shortfall (additional teachers needed)
|3. New York||113||31.6%||45.7||77.3|
|8. North Carolina||60||17.2%||13.2||49.7|
This table reports the number of new teachers who have a physics-related major that individual institutions prepared in the three most recent academic years that data is available. The table also includes the total number of teachers with a physics-related major who are prepared at programs in the US that are not at institutions of higher education (“Non-IHE programs”). For statistics on the number of teachers prepared by Non-IHE programs in your state, please check the state report above and/or contact us.
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|East Carolina University||9||11||8||9.3|
|Western Governors University - Washington||6||1||2||3.0|
|Alliant International University||0||4||4||2.7|
|Illinois State University||0||7||1||2.7|
|University of Minnesota Twin Cities||3||3||2||2.7|
|CUNY City College||4||1||3||2.7|
|CUNY Hunter College||1||0||7||2.7|
|CUNY Queens College||4||3||1||2.7|
|Northern Arizona University||4||2||1||2.3|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||0||2.3|