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Please note: WGU is no longer enrolling new students in this program. Instead, we recommend you explore our other teacher certification programs.
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.
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. 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.
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.
We developed our social 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 social science 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, Social Science is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Teaching
Teacher Education Diversity
Instructional Planning and Presentation
Social Science Pedagogy
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 M.A. in Teaching Social 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.
WGU is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.
Online learning is not easy.
You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, much of your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around. You will need to plan to complete your demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar in the spring or in the fall. They are offered twice each year. Also, be aware that demonstration teaching and preclinical experiences may not be waived and prior experience may not be used to satisfy these requirements as you must demonstrate competency in the classroom in order to complete your WGU degree program.
The average time it takes to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching, Social Science (5-12) degree program at WGU is 2-2.5 years.
The MAT Social Science degree program requires the completion of 31 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
While you cannot transfer credits directly towards completion of this program, your transcripts will be used to determine whether you have the necessary academic content background in social science for enrollment. A personal evaluation of your transcripts from prior colleges is required prior to admission.
Ultimately, the pace at which you complete your M.A. in Teaching, Social Science (5-12) online degree program depends on how rapidly you pass assessments.
It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.
"During demonstration teaching, all the teachers I worked with were impressed with how well prepared WGU helped me become." April Fadness, B.A. Special Education Graduate and 4th Grade Special Education Teacher
Western Governors University was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.
In WGU's online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.
You’ll work with your assigned Faculty Mentor on a personalized Degree Plan that establishes the pace at which you move through the program.
With few exceptions, you’ll be able to choose when and where you study.
You’ll complete as much work as YOU choose during each six-month term.
You’ll collaborate with your Faculty Mentor to determine the learning resources that will help you develop and demonstrate your competency in each subject area.
You’ll be required to complete at least 12 CUs per term for bachelor's degree programs and 8 CUs per term for graduate degree programs in order to make On Time Progress. If you choose to and are able, you can add courses and move more quickly through your program.
We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. And because we charge tuition at a flat rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.
No matter how many courses you complete each term, your tuition stays the same.
The more courses you complete each term, the fewer terms you have until graduation.
Our competency-based model gives you the opportunity to accelerate your progress.
If you complete your program ahead of schedule, you'll save both time and money.
You’ll pay the same low, flat-rate tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree. The following hypothetical students illustrate two common scenarios for the Master of Arts, Teaching, Social Science (5-12) program:
For this program, you'll be expected to complete 8 competency units (credit hours) per term – each course generally represents three or four competency units. Because we allow you to complete extra courses at no extra cost, you may be able to increase the value of your program by dedicating extra time to your studies.
WGU's online M.A. in Teaching, Social Science (5-12) degree program is designed to be affordable for hard-working adults with bills to pay.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
WGU’s M.A. in Teaching, Social Science degree program is about half the cost of a comparable program at another online university.
*Note: This chart is for illustration only. Actual results will vary depending upon the number of terms need to complete the program. Estimates based on WGU's standard tuition as of January 2018. Tuition rates were gathered from competing university websites during April 2017.
WGU's financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.
Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.
Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.
WGU was the first exclusively online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU has Teachers College graduates working in all 50 states. The university has received praise from industry, media, and government leaders—including the Obama White House, which, in 2013, recognized WGU as an example of what works in postsecondary education.
The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn. This involved intensive interviews with students, faculty, graduates, school district personnel, and education experts, as well as a review of WGU student performance on national performance exams.
candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.
An online teaching degree from WGU tells employers that you're serious about success.
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Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:
of employers agreed that WGU graduates meet or exceed their expectations.
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Note: 2017 Survey of Employers by Harris Poll
You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our National Student Success and Performance Data.
"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace." James Dye,WGU Alumnus
You set your own pace by demonstrating your skills. In the online degree programs at WGU, you'll advance through each course by first mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in each subject area.
These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master the subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.
Enrollment is easy. View our Enrollment Checklist for the easy steps to getting started.
To be admitted into this Teachers College program, you need to submit an official transcript verifying receipt of a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited institution.
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As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our main concern. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs.
Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.
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