Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program in Science (5-12) - Leads to Teacher Licensure
Please note: Due to the greater employment opportunities available to graduates with a master’s degree, and the similarity in requirements between our Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation programs, WGU is no longer enrolling new students in this post-baccalaureate program. Instead, we recommend you explore our Master of Arts in Teaching Science (5–12) program.
Have a bachelor’s degree and looking to become a science teacher? The online science teacher certification program is the fastest way to earn your science teaching license. You’ll become a highly qualified teacher prepared to teach middle school or high school science.
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 Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation in 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) and want to become a certified middle school or high school science teacher.
- 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 how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our science education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This online degree program requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge you need to become a licensed science teacher, as well as supervised practice teaching in an actual classroom and the completion of a professional portfolio. The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program in Science is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Teaching
Demonstration Teaching (includes practice teaching)
In-classroom experience 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 Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program in Science also requires the successful completion of a professional portfolio.
Your professional portfolio is something to be proud of – it will include your resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your program and demonstration teaching. You'll take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation by recommending strategies for effectively handling actual issues you'll face in the workplace.