• PhASE (Physics Accreditation for Science Educators)

    Final Summary

    The PhASE Project successfully licensed 85 teachers in six cohorts over six years, helping to meet the demand for physics teachers resulting from the new science graduation requirements for the class of 2015. Learn more about these historic additional licensure institutes below or discover other Professional Development opportunities at the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE), including the 2012 Physics4All Institute. The PhASE program is discontinued.


    PhASE was an additional licensure program for Minnesota science teachers interested in teaching high school physics. This program directly addressed the urgent need in Minnesota to bring science teachers to "highly-qualified" status by providing a no-cost coursework pathway to physics licensure. PhASE was generously funded by the 3M Foundation, as part of Hamline University School of Education's MnSTEP (Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project) program.

    Cohort #6 involved 20 teachers in two intensive 5-day, graduate-level courses at Hamline University June 21-25 and June 28-July 2, 2010; a combination mentorship, practicum, project, and online program during the school year; and two final physics courses (10 days total) summer 2011. Upon completion of this one-year program, teachers will be certified by Hamline University as having met the Minnesota teaching standards for 9-12 physics licensure.

    PhASE participants experience and learn high-level physics within a focused, inquiry-based environment of fellow teachers, peer instructors, master teachers and scientists; design effective teaching approaches for their classrooms; and align their curricula and teaching to meet the Minnesota Academic Science Standards in high school physics.

    PhASE is based on the Minnesota BOT teaching standards for 9-12 physics. The summer courses condense key concepts and skills from a variety of college-level physics courses into one two-week period. It is fast-paced, math-intensive, challenging academic work. Participants must come prepared to study very hard.

    Participants receive:

    • 11 graduate credits in physics (3 credits each summer, 2 credits for each online course in fall and spring, and a 1 credit practicum)
    • participation in an e-mail network of physics teachers from throughout Minnesota
    • accreditation consultation and licensure paperwork from Hamline University
    • breakfast and lunch during the summer session
    • room and board at Hamline University for the summer sessions (if needed)
    • 9-12 physics licensure upon completion of the state Praxis II test.

    All credit costs, registration and consultation fees, breakfast and lunch, and on-campus housing are covered by the grant. Participants are responsible for transportation and any licensing fees from the state.

    Program Requirements

    In order to apply for the PhASE Project, teachers had to:

    • hold a current Minnesota 9-12 or 7-12 Science Teaching License. (PhASE is an additional licensure program. Secondary Science Methods is not addressed in this project.)
    • have completed at least one year of college- or graduate-level physics (PhASE is NOT an introductory physics course. It is designed to address the high school physics teaching standards not covered in an introductory physics course. A copy of your college transcript will be requested.)
    • be teaching physics in the upcoming school year OR be willing to find access to an active high school physics class. (This is needed in order for you to present a physics lesson to students and to collect data on student achievement.)
    • be willing to work very hard. (PhASE is rigorous and fast-paced. This is high-level physics and is very math intensive.)
    • commit to completing the full project – two weeks June 21-25 and June 28-July 2, 2010, online programs during the school year, AND two weeks summer 2011.

    Selection of Cohort #6 was based on the above criteria, the number of years teaching physics out-of-license, expressed need, and geographic distribution. Please note: This was a competitive application process. Participants were selected based on need and commitment.

    If spots were available, licensed physics teachers were allowed to participate. This 10-credit program (no credit needed for practicum) allows existing physics teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the topics they teach.

    Phase Cohort #6

    First two courses: June 21-25 & June 28-July 2, 2010
    Online course Fall 2010
    Online course and Practicum Spring 2011
    Final two courses Summer 2011

    Note about online application: Click on the "First time user account creation" link to create a Login ID and PIN if this is your first 2010 Rivers Institute or MnSTEP application. This ID and PIN will only be used during the application process. However, we encourage you to write down your ID and PIN should you need to return to your application later or apply to another institute this summer. The application Login ID and PIN is NOT the same as your official Hamline ID number and Piperline PIN.


    After completing your online application, please also request an official copy of your undergraduate transcript showing your teaching degree and any physics coursework.

    Send to:
    Hamline University
    Attn: Sara Robertson
    1536 Hewitt Ave., MS-A1760
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    MnSTEP is a statewide professional development program for teachers of science presented by Hamline University's School of Education through its Center for Global Environmental Education in partnershipCGEE - MnSTEP Logo - 10 pixels with university science departments, Minnesota school districts, MnSTA, MESTA, MGS, ACS-MN. Funding provided by the 3M Foundation.