University of Virginia
|Institution Name||:||University of Virginia|
|Student-to-faculty ratio||:||16 to 1|
|Student population||:||24,391 (15,595 undergraduate)|
The Master of Arts in Physics Education (MAPE) is offered through the Graduate College of Arts and Sciences. Through distance learning and summer study in Charlottesville, the program provides middle school physical science and high school physics teachers with a stronger background in physics. Students can complete the 30-credit hour requirements for the degree in two and a half years by taking two summer courses in residence at UVa and two online courses during the academic year. Advising is available through the Department of Physics. Students can begin the sequence of courses at any time. The courses offered through the degree program do not qualify as preparation for teaching physics at the community college or college level.
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Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. He wished the publicly-supported school to have a national character and stature. Jefferson envisioned a new kind of university, one dedicated to educating leaders in practical affairs and public service rather than for professions in the classroom and pulpit exclusively. It was the first nonsectarian university in the United States and the first to use the elective course system.Jefferson considered the founding of the University to be one of his greatest achievements. Undertaking the project toward the end of his lifeâ€”after a long, illustrious career that included serving as a colonial revolutionary, political leader, writer, architect, inventor, and horticulturalistâ€”he was closely involved in the University's design. He planned the curriculum, recruited the first faculty, and designed the Academical Village, a terraced green space surrounded by residential and academic buildings, gardens, and the majestic center-pointâ€”the Rotunda. The most recognizable symbol of the University, the Rotunda stands at the north end of the Lawn and is half the height and width of the Pantheon in Rome, which was the primary inspiration for the building. The Lawn and the Rotunda have served as models for similar designs of "centralized green areas" at universities across the United States.The University opened for classes in 1825 with a faculty of eight and a student body numbering sixty-eight. Jefferson took great pains to recruit the most highly qualified faculty, five of whom were found in England and three in the United States. Instruction was offered in ancient languages, modern languages, mathematics, moral philosophy, natural philosophy, chemistry, law, and medicine. The students came from the American South and West; interestingly, though, most were not Virginians.Jefferson opposed the granting of degrees on the grounds that they were "artificial embellishments." In 1824, however, the Board of Visitors authorized granting the master of arts degree. The doctor of medicine, or M.D., was awarded to the first graduates of the School of Medicine in 1828, and the bachelor of laws degree, or LL.B., was first awarded for law school graduates in 1842. The bachelor's degree was awarded beginning in 1849, but became the standard undergraduate degree and a prerequisite for the master's degree in 1899, bringing the University into conformity with other institutions of higher learning. The Ph.D. has been awarded since 1883.
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