Welcome to UCF PhysTEC!

UCF Physics is a member of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC), a national program to increase the number of highly-qualified high school physics teachers and transform the learning environment for our students. Physics is #1 critical teacher-shortage area in Florida and throughout much of the country. UCF is helping to solve that through our use of undergraduate Learning Assistants, a Physics B.A. degree with a focus in Education, offering courses on Physics pedagogy, and a veteran high school teacher on staff as a full-time Teacher-in-Residence. Send questions or comments to our Teacher-in-Residence at UCFTIR@gmail.com.

PhysTEC: Creating National Models of Physics Teacher Preparation

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) aims “to improve and promote the education of future physics teachers” to address a critical shortage of well-prepared physics and physical science teachers in the U.S. The PhysTEC project has been lead by the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and supported by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of PhysTEC funded sites, such as UCF, is to develop national models of physics teacher preparation programs. More information is available at www.phystec.orgClick here for a presentation about the critical need for physics teachers and how PhysTEC is striving to provide solutions.


The UCF Physics Department and College of Education and Human Performance are excited to join this effort as a PhysTEC Comprehensive Site. We have created a new B.A. degree in the physics department for students with interests in education, and expanding our Learning Assistant program as we continue to improve instruction in our undergraduate courses. Read more about PhysTEC at UCF in the College of Sciences newsletter.

Talat Rahman, PI
Physics Department
Jackie Chini, co-PI
Physics Department
Adam LaMee
Physics Department


Jeff Bindell, co-PI
Physics Department
Malcolm Butler, co-PI
School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Josh Colwell, co-PI
Physics Department
Elena Flitsian, co-PI
Physics Department

PhysTEC Advisory Board

We have assembled an interdisciplinary advisory board to represent the stakeholders in physics teacher preparation.

Hilary Buckridge, Orange County Public Schools, Senior Director, Advanced Studies
Dr. Michael Hynes, UCF, Director of School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Dr. Ronnie Korosec, UCF, Assistant Vice Provost
Dr. Laird Kramer, Florida International University, Professor of Physics and PhysTEC site Leader
Mike McKee, UCF, CREOL, Associate Director, Academic Support Services
Dr. Cynthia Young, UCF, College of Science Associate Dean

Teacher Advisory Group (TAG)

Our program gets feedback from local high school teachers on their districts’ needs and how UCF PhysTEC can support their professional development and future staffing.

Project Monthly Reports

See what we’re up to in these monthly newsletters describing our recruitment activities, local K12 support, and university faculty collaboration.