High School Educators

To support high school teachers, guidance counselors, and other educators in assisting students pursuing physics higher education, APS spearheads a number of initiatives and networks. 

Step Up logoSupporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics (STEP UP)

STEP UP is a national community of physics teachers, researchers, and professional societies. The project has designed high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college.

Matthew Blackman Teacher of Year 2019

Get the Facts Out

Get the Facts Out (GFO) explores the STEM teaching profession and its benefits. This project provides facts about teaching and how to become a teacher, including finding a certification program and learning about loan forgiveness. It also includes recruitment resources for educators seeking to reach students who may become the next generation of physicis teachers.

STEP UP 4 Women Leadership


To respond to the national physics teacher education shortage, APS, in collaboration with other teaching associations and organizations, has created the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC). Through PhysTEC, colleges and universities are transforming their physics teacher education programs and preparing more physics teachers.

Physics Education Statistics

APS’s Physics Education Statistics reports on the challenges and opportunities in the physics community, focusing on demographic information for physics degree recipients from US-based institutions.

APS Membership

APS membership connects physicists, educators, researchers, scientists, and students across academia and industry in an international community. Join APS Today

Public Outreach and Engagement

APS’s Public Engagement program focuses on effective science communication and education to assist physcists in connecting with students and the general public.

APS Careers

APS supports physicists at all career levels.


American Association of Physics Teachers' recommendations.