It is easy to document both the strong demand for physics teachers at the secondary level and the fact that not all individuals currently in those positions are well qualified. Many undergraduate physics majors who might otherwise be interested do not pursue careers in teaching high school physics because the requirements for certification are quite strenuous in many states. We have accordingly developed at Haverford College a concentration in education for physics majors which provides experiential preparation for teaching physics but requires fewer courses beyond the standard physics major than does the typical curriculum leading to certification. We describe this concentration, the two key courses on which it is based, the career options it affords the B.S. physics major, and the experience of our recent graduates entering the high school teaching profession.

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