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Department of Physics Education

Physics is the basic studies for applied sciences as a field of pure science in which natural phenomena are explored. As its importance is increasing, it becomes more important to educate students to become competent scientists and enthusiastic physics educators who will help advance physics education. The primary goal of the Department of Physics Education is to educate students to become competent science teachers of secondary school so that graduates can go out into the field and teach their students on the bases of theoretical knowledge and practical scientific experiments.

We offer a wide spectrum of curriculum which can be categorized into three: The general subjects of physics to help the students develop their physics knowledge, the courses of study for the teaching profession, and general education courses to prepare the students to be competent teachers. The general subjects include Mechanics Education, Electricity and Magnetism Education, Quantum Physics Education, Thermal․Statistical Physics Education, etc. which help students to acquire a fundamental knowledge of physics. The courses of the study for the teaching profession are offered to prepare students to become good teachers in secondary schools. Principles of Physics Education, Research of Physics Teaching Materials and Teaching Method, Theory of Teaching Physics, etc. are required subjects to help the students to become experts in teaching. Moreover, the department offers a variety of theoretical courses for developing principles as well as courses of practical experiments. In addition, general education courses are constructed to provide general understanding of the overall education for students and to assume their roles as teachers who actively participate in the field of education.

The purpose of the establishment

Training the middle school teachers who can solve a problem which future societies will confront.


Name Major Position Phone E-mail
Kim, Hyun-teh Condensed Matter Physics Professor 530-2483 hyunkim@jnu.ac.kr
Lim, In Taek Nuclear & Particle Physics Professor 530-2484 itlim@jnu.ac.kr
Park, Jongwon Physics Education Professor 530-2485 jwpark94@jnu.ac.kr
Hwang, Won-Yong Quantum Optics Associate Professor 530-2486 wyhwang@jnu.ac.kr
Choi, Jaehyeok Education for the Scientific Gifted Students Associate Professor 530-2487 choi@jnu.ac.kr
Kahng, Yung Ho Applied Physics Associate Professor Associate Professor 530-2488 yhahng@jnu.ac.kr

About us

Major of Physics education has established for training a copetent middle school teacher. To foster the ability to solve a problem in Middle school education field, we perform vocational education like classical mechanics, electromagmetism, quantum mechanics, etc which be part of physics. We also educate theory of teaching a subject, and a study of teaching materials & a method of guidance which makes brilliant physics teacher who has both expert knowledge to each parts of physics education education and clear educational love. Also, our major has been taking an important role in society through reeducation of current teacher and connection to education field such as practical research of physics education and supportiong of research to field education.


Anyone who is interested in science (especially for physics) can major in physics-education in our department and after graduation, you will obtain a secondary teaching certificate in science(Physics). Also, anyone who wants to study more could enter graduate school of education or just physics related graduate school and they could move in academic world. In addition, the fraduates of the physics education can sally forth into a world of research job nowadays. So, the post graduate's outlooks is very bright.

Contact Information

Department of Physics Education, College of Education, Chonnam National University 77 Yongbong-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 500-757, Korea.    Phone: +82-62-530-2480    Fax: +82-62-530-2489