Master of Arts in Teaching Science (5-12)
Become a science teacher and earn your master’s degree online. The online graduate degree in science education combines preparation for licensure as a middle school or high school science teacher with coursework to earn a master’s degree. You will become a highly qualified science teacher with the skills and knowledge to be an effective, engaging educator.
WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.
The M.A. in Teaching, Science program prepares a student to receive a Middle School Science, 6-8 license or a Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics 6-12 license in the state of Tennessee. Check the links above for additional details about Tennessee licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (preferably in science or a related field), want to become a certified middle school or high school science teacher, and earn a master’s degree.
- Unlicensed teachers, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others with bachelor’s degrees who feel the call to teach.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
To be considered eligible for enrollment in this program, you must meet the appropriate content requirements (PDF). Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to determine whether you have the sufficient background for entry into this program.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn more about how your program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our science teaching program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This online master's degree program in science education requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge to become a licensed teacher, as well as practice teaching in an actual classroom and the completion of a capstone project. The M.A. in Teaching, Science is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Teaching
Instructional Planning and Presentation
Demonstration Teaching (includes practice teaching)
Experience in a classroom is an invaluable part of becoming a highly qualified teacher. Your in-classroom experience will help you elevate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you’ve developed into a practical way of effectively and confidently tackling the challenges of your own classroom.
The online MAT Science degree programs also require the successful completion of a capstone project.
Your capstone project is something to be proud of – it's the culmination of all your hard work. Your final project allows you to take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business.
Go ahead, show everyone what you can do.