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TCNJ Summer Teaching Exploration Program for Undergraduate Physics (STEP-UP)

Who: Rising sophomores and juniors with at least one year of physics at TCNJ

What: This is a 3-week program designed to give you an opportunity to experience how exciting and rewarding a career in physics education can be, especially if you’ve never thought about it before! Participants can expect to:

  • Receive training and experience in physics teaching techniques from expert instructors
  • Visit real high school physics classrooms and engage students in tutoring and extra help activities
  • Learn about physics teaching career opportunities and network with professionals
  • Discuss the latest scientific research papers exploring how students learn physics

Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $1,200 to defray the cost of housing and other living expenses. In addition, participants will be guaranteed a position as a department Learning Assistant for the Fall 2017 semester.

Where: The program will take place at TCNJ, with 2-3 visits per week to local area high school classrooms.

When: Afternoons Monday-Friday, May 22 – June 9

Why: Have you never considered high school physics teaching as a viable career? TCNJ Physics Teaching graduates have a 100% job placement rate, at an average starting salary of ~$55,000. Curious to see what teaching physics is like, but not quite ready to switch majors just yet? The STEP-UP program provides students a low-stakes, no-commitment way to explore this career path (and you get paid while you explore!) Don’t you owe it to yourself to try teaching physics?

How can you get in on this? Apply via our short online form. The application deadline is April 28. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Magee ( or Prof. Richards (

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