WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information

Teacher Advisory Network (TAG) meeting, Thursday May 14, 2020 (time TBD).  Join regional physics and science teachers to share strategies for on-line learning.  Please contact TJ Noviello (thomas.noviello 'at' gmail) or Doug Petkie for more information.  

WPI is passionate about providing educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) both four K-16 students as well as K-16 educators. The Physics Department and STEM Education Center host a Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) Comprehensive Site and have a pre-service Physics Teacher Preparation Program that results in both a BS in Physics or other aligned degrees and a Massachusetts Initial Teaching License. Current in-service K-12 teachers can enroll in the Master of Science in Physics for Educators program to advance their careers to the Professional License. We continue to build programs to engage both educators and students and we welcome you to contact us for more information.

PhysTEC Comprehensive Site: The WPI Physics Department and STEM Education Center teamed up to become of the four national PhysTEC Comprehensive Site funded by PhysTEC by a National Science Foundation grant to develop programs to address the high demand of qualified physics and STEM K-12 teachers needed to educate and inspire the next generation of global problem solvers.   WPI will use the foundational project based learning curriculum seek new ways to improve recruitment efforts and coordinate mentoring among students in the physics teacher preparation program, faculty, in-service teachers, academic advising, and the STEM Education Center Teacher Preparation Program.  Students graduate with a BS in Physics or Applied Physics, or a degree in a closely aligned major, AND graduate with a Massachusetts Initial Teaching License.  Students in this program work with WPI faculty as a Peer Learning Assistant to assist faculty in teaching courses and with the Teacher-In-Residence from a regional high school.  A flyer for the program can be found here.


The PhysTEC Team is: Doug Petkie, Shari Weaver, Rudra Kafle, Izabela Stroe, and the WPI Teacher-in-Residence, Thomas Noviello, Physics Teacher, Science Department Head, Leominster High School

Master of Science in Physics for Educators program, MPED: Desgned for in-serve physics and science teachers to advance their careers, deepen their content and pedogogical knowledge, explore new techniques from the Physics Eduation Research (PER) community, and develop new ways to encourage their students to discover the joys of physics.  Courses offered during the summer of 2020 include:

  • MPE 540. Differential Equations in Nature (2 credits)
  • MPE 550. Computational Methods in Physics (2 credits)

In-serve teachers in the program have a discounted tutition rate with the cost of $500/graduate credit hour.