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As of 2020, Massachusetts produces about eighteen new teachers with at least a physics minor, but Massachusetts needs at least thirty-four new physics teachers each year to replace those who retire or leave the profession. This shortfall means that physics classes may be unavailable to students who would otherwise take them, and in some cases, under-qualified teachers may be assigned to teach physics. Learn more about the Title II data used in the NRC and about our teacher needs estimates.

34

Estimated new physics teachers needed each year at 40% enrollment

53%

Estimated need met each year

15

More physics teachers needed every year

18

Estimated new teachers with at least a physics-related minor

5

New teachers who completed a physics-related teacher preparation program

16

New teachers with a physics certification from the state

These numbers are estimated from the three most recent years of Title II data available, and they include teachers prepared in Massachusetts that completed programs that are not part of an Institution of Higher Education (IHE). On average, each year, non-IHE programs reported that they prepared zero new teachers who have at least a physics-related minor, and that they prepared three new teachers through a physics-related preparation program. To learn more about non-IHE programs, see this booklet from Title II.

We focus on our estimate of new teachers with at least a physics-related minor throughout most of our analysis, including the calculation of state and national needs being met. While this does not capture every newly prepared physics teacher, it is most consistent with PhysTEC’s definition of a qualified physics teacher. On this page, as well as in individual institution reports, we provide data from Title II on other methods for counting new teachers based on their teacher preparation programs’ subjects and the areas of their state certifications. However, there is overlap among these counting methods, so it is not possible to add the numbers without counting individuals more than once. To learn more about the counting methods for new teachers, see the NRC FAQs.

If all students take physics, taught by a qualified physics teacher
64

New teachers needed each year

18

Estimated new teachers with at least a physics-related minor

28%

Estimated need met

If 40% of students take physics, taught by a qualified physics teacher
34

New teachers needed each year

18

Estimated new teachers with at least a physics-related minor

53%

Estimated need met

If 40% of students take physics, taught by any physics teacher
34

New teachers needed each year

7

New teachers from physics-related preparation programs

22%

Estimated need met

Massachusetts Institutions

This table reports the number of new teachers with a physics-related major that are prepared by programs in Massachusetts. The table also includes the total number of teachers with a physics-related major who are prepared at programs that are not at institutions of higher education (“Non-IHE programs”). Please contact us if you have additional questions about the Non-IHE programs.

Click on an institution or enter an institution name in the Search box to see an individual institution's report.

Institution
2018–2019
2019–2020
2020–2021
Average
Boston University5+ club member badgePhysTEC member badgePhysTEC supported member badge3512.0
Bridgewater State University5+ club member badgePhysTEC member badgePhysTEC supported member badge0131.5
Boston College201.0
Clark University1111.0
Harvard Graduate School of Education2101.0
Merrimack CollegePhysTEC member badge021.0
University of Massachusetts/AmherstPhysTEC member badge111.0
University of Massachusetts/DartmouthPhysTEC member badgePhysTEC supported member badge201.0
Wellesley College1111.0
Brandeis University100.5
Figures are based on a three-year average of data reported to Title II. See the FAQ for more information.

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