MAT Social Science

Degree Overview

Become a social science teacher and earn your master’s degree online. The online social science master’s degree combines preparation for licensure as a middle school or high school social science teacher with coursework to earn a master’s degree. You will become a highly qualified social science teacher prepared to meet state and national teaching standards.

Who the program is for:

  • Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (preferably in one of the social science disciplines), want to become a certified middle school or high school social science teacher, and earn a master’s degree.
  • Unlicensed 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.

Note: 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."

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn more about how your program works.

Your Program of Study

In this online social science master’s degree, you’ll learn all the essential skills and knowledge needed. This program includes the following areas of study, supervised practice teaching in an actual classroom, and completion of a capstone project.

  • Foundations of Teaching
  • Teacher Education Diversity
  • Instructional Planning and Presentation
  • Social Science Content (Grades 5-12)
  • Preclinical Experiences
  • Demonstration Teaching (includes practice teaching)
  • Research Fundamentals

Total Program: 31 Competency Units (credit equivalents)

More details about your challenging course of study

View the program guide (PDF)

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Questions & Answers

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Will I practice teach?

Yes, all WGU teacher licensure programs include practice teaching in real classrooms. This is part of your Demonstration Teaching domain of study. This is obviously not an online portion of your degree program. Exactly how your practice teaching occurs will depend on the specific school district in which you teach. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain this in more detail.

How will I complete my degree?

As a WGU student, you take and complete assessments. You’ll prepare for your assessments by engaging various learning resources including textbooks, web tutorials, and courses. You will determine what learning resources are best for you in consultation with your mentor using your personalized Degree Plan. You can learn more by exploring the WGU Experience. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain this program in greater depth.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, WGU offers federal financial aid. Loans are available to most students, regardless of financial need. Grants that don’t require repayment are also available for those with financial need. You can check into your financial aid eligibility at any time during the admissions process. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more or visit the Financial Aid section of the website.