Growing Demand for Science Teachers: Earn Your Teaching Degree Online

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

At the 2009 National Science Teachers Association Conference, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commented on a shortage of highly-qualified science teachers: "America won the space race but, in many ways, American education lost the science race."

Good science teachers at the middle school and high school levels help create future engineers, health care professionals, IT experts and those who can change the world by working in green industries.

If you want to make a real difference in the future, plus enjoy job security, great benefits, and a good retirement plan, earn your teaching degree online and become a science teacher. Online universities offer programs for current teachers wishing to change their area of concentration to a science field, as well as for aspiring science teachers. Some programs may require you to have a bachelor's or associate's degree in a science field as a prerequisite to enrollment. It will be up to you to research what is required of you before you apply to a certain program.

In particular, many school districts need quality chemistry and physics teachers. Online colleges like Western Governors University (WGU) offer accredited online teaching degree programs in the areas of:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Earth science (geosciences)
  • General science