Physics

The steps you need to take to become a science (with physics) teacher through STEP depend on your current qualifications. The studies you will need to complete to become a science (with physics) teacher is outlined below.

Note: It is a requirement that STEP recipients be approved in two areas of science, one of which must be physics.

Approved primary teachers or secondary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in science will need to undertake university level studies which equate to:

  1. four subjects in physics (of which two subjects are at second year level or above) and four subjects in another science (of which two subjects are at second year level or above) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on the focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting.

Approved primary teachers or secondary teachers with underpinning science content studies will need to complete the following studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on the focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  2. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting.

Approved science teachers will need to complete the following studies:

  1. four subjects in physics (of which two subjects are at second year level or above).

Note: The studies outlined above are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual’s qualifications.

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

The Graduate Certificate in Physics for Science Teachers from the University of NSW is an approved postgraduate program for current qualified science teachers.