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Bryan Rebar, associate director of UO STEM Core, a consortium of UO science, math and education faculty members who supports the center, said the aim is to make the path to science teaching more visible and appealing to science students.
Rebar wants to encourage students studying the sciences to consider a career in the classroom, particularly in disciplines in which teachers are badly needed. Those include subjects like chemistry and physics, which are consistently ranked as the highest-need areas among all academic disciplines.
The ESPRIT program also addresses the issue of K-12 science educators teaching subjects without being fully qualified. Only 47 percent of physics classes are taught by a teacher with a degree in the subject, compared with 73 percent of biology classes and about 80 percent of humanities classes, according to the Physics Teacher Education Coalition.
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Included in the article is a link regarding shortage of Physics teachers in the U.S.