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Master of Arts

Science Education Master's
(Secondary Biological Sciences)


Specialize in Teaching with a Master's in Biology


Biology is the study of life. Understanding and appreciating it are key to healthy, sustainable lives. As a biology teacher, you can inspire your students to marvel at how the world’s many life forms and ecosystems are all connected to each other.

This online biology master’s degree program can prepare you to teach science courses at the junior high and high school levels. The program helps ensure your proficiency in natural sciences, general chemistry, biology, and evolution. You will also learn the skills necessary to teach this content to students in junior high, middle school, or high school*.

*The specific grade levels you will be qualified or endorsed to teach will depend on your state.

Eligibility note: WGU's M.A. Science Education programs are for already-licensed teachers. The M.A. Science Education (Secondary Biology) program is for certified teachers who already hold a bachelor's degree and wish to add secondary biology to their existing licenses. This program is not intended for aspiring teachers seeking licensure or certification. If you are seeking your teaching certificate, please view our programs leading to teacher licensure.

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Biological Science Education Courses

Curriculum that ensures you’ve mastered the skills you’ll need as a biology teacher.

This online Master of Arts in Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) degree program provides the essential skills, knowledge, and experience you need to teach biology courses to students in junior high, middle school, or high school. The WGU M.A. Science Education (Secondary Biological Science)  program was designed (and is regularly updated) with input from the experts on our Education Program Council. These respected authorities know exactly what it takes for a graduate to be an outstanding biology teacher.

The program also includes a home science lab kit. You will be provided with a self-contained laboratory kit—including science equipment, specimens and chemicals—to complete lab experiments at home.

This program is made up of the following biology courses. You will complete them one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means that you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.

Biology Content
Chemistry Content
General Science Content
General Education
Science Education
Teacher Performance Assessment

13 Courses

Program consists of 13 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.

Teacher Work Sample

Special requirements for this program

The final exam requires that you write an original, comprehensive research paper that provides direct evidence of your ability to design and implement a multi-week, standards-based unit of instruction, assess student learning, and then reflect on the learning process. 

“Best decision I made. I managed to do my master's in one term and it saved me so much money. I didn't think a master's degree to further my career would be financially or physically possible due to working full time. WGU made it to where it could happen. I highly recommend WGU if you're considering going back to school. It's not easy if you're not dedicated, self disciplined, and goal oriented, but they have mentors who help keep you on track.”

—Kristina Gomez
M.A. Science Education (Secondary Biological Science)

Why WGU?

You Aren't On Your Own

WGU has Program Mentors who work with you from the day you start, all the way through graduation. They help you chart your courses, answer your questions, and ensure you can go through your program. You're not alone when you choose an online degree at WGU.

Flexibility You Need

Students choose WGU for their online degree program because of its flexibility. Whether you already have a full-time job, have responsibilities as a parent, or just have a busy schedule, WGU can work for you.

Strong Alumni Network

When you enroll in an online master's degree program at WGU, you join an impressive network of teachers. Over 13,000 students graduated from the Teachers College in 2021 alone, taking their skills and impacting the educational system all around the United States.

Accredited, Respected,

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.


When We Say Affordable We Mean It

By charging per six-month term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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A Master's Degree Is Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

*WGU undergraduate students have approximately half the debt at graduation compared to the national average, according to the Institute for College Access and Success (2022).

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.


A Different Way to Learn: Degree Programs Designed to Fit Your Life—and All the Demands on Your Time

At WGU, we understand that you have professional responsibilities, family obligations, and personal commitments. That’s why we offer a personalized, flexible approach to higher education. You'll be challenged. You'll put in hours of hard work. And you'll get a solid, career-focused education that fits your life. Complete your coursework online, anytime and anywhere your schedule allows, and move through assignments and assessments as quickly as you're able.

WGU's biology education master's degree program is for licensed teachers who want to specialize in teaching biology.

"The WGU model of competency-based learning fits the working person's ability to complete coursework. Taking my previous knowledge and experience into account allowed me to complete my Master's in Biology Secondary Education in less than 4 months. I would recommend WGU to anyone who is looking to get continued education. Thank you WGU for an amazing experience.”

—Elliott Dungan
M.A. Science Education (Secondary Biological Science)


A Master’s in Biology Education Paves the Way for Current Teachers to Take to the Next Step

If you're a licensed classroom teacher with a passion for the living world and how it works, you are ready to advance in your career by specializing in middle school or high school biology.

School districts in the United States consistently rank the sciences among their areas of highest need. Obtaining the M.A. in Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) degree will prepare you for secondary certification to teach kids biology.

Already-certified teachers who earn a master’s degree in biology education qualify to teach high school biology as well as teach in junior high and middle schools, depending on grade-level requirements in your state.

Return on Your Investment


High school teaching positions are expected to increase by at least 4% from 2019–2029. With the crisis-level shortage of STEM teachers in America, that increase could be substantially higher for science teachers.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

WGU Has Alumni Teaching Across the Country

Graduates of WGU's online Teachers College have found meaningful, rewarding teaching careers in classrooms at:

  • Inclusionary K–12 classrooms
  • Middle/junior high schools
  • High schools
  • Private and charter schools

Impressive Class of Graduates

Graduates of the WGU Teachers College include recipients of many professional honors, including:

  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Intel Grant for Mathematics and Technology
  • Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award
  • Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award
  • Association of Public Charter Schools Educator of the Year Award

Focused on Equity and Accessibility

The WGU Teachers College is in the top 1% for granting degrees for Black and Hispanic/Latinx educators at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. It is second in the nation for combined graduate and undergraduate degrees and credentials for students of color, according to the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


Online Master's in Biology Program Admission Requirements

If you enroll in a program that also includes a special endorsement and you plan to eventually apply for the endorsement, the following is required of you:

  • A copy of a valid teaching license.
  • Official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited university.

An Enrollment Counselor will instruct you as to when and how to submit your teaching license prior to or during your program.  

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More About Earning This Degree

Our M.A. Science Education program is designed for licensed teachers who want to expand their abilities by adding a science endorsement.

You should pursue a master's in education based on what you want to do for your career. For many current teachers, adding to their existing license to expand or adjust the kind of teacher they want to be can be helpful. For example, a teacher who wants to pivot and teach science courses can pursue a master's degree in science education that allows them to expand on their current license.

Yes! There are online, accredited universities like WGU that allow students to pursue a master's degree in education online. Be sure to find a program that is reputable and will help you get the correct license for your state.

There will be a small practicum in the capstone for the degree. You will be teaching a multi-week lesson plan to a body of at least 10 students. This lesson plan usually consists of about 10 hours of in-class time.

WGU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply using the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. WGU’s FAFSA school code is 033394.

Scholarships are available for new WGU students and returning graduates. This video shows more about scholarship opportunities and how they can help you pay for school. Get information on:

  • How to apply
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Examples of scholarships
  • What happens after you apply
  • FAQs
  • Other financial aid options

WGU's tuition is a flat rate that is charged every six months. You can take as many courses as you are able in that six-month term—with no extra cost. You simply pay for the term and do as much work as you can or want to during that time. This means that finishing faster helps you save money—a major benefit you won't find at most other schools. 

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