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Online, NCATE-accredited teacher certification programs.

Future teachers, your path to licensure is here. WGU offers bachelor's degree, master's degree, and post-baccalaureate programs for aspiring educators. Already have your license?

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Bachelor's Degrees with Licensure

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary teachers. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 83% of grads earned this degree in 2–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary school teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This elementary education degree program includes courses in the foundations of teacher education, instructional planning and presentation, assessment, and classroom management. Core teacher education courses focus on diversity, disciplinary literacy, elementary education methods, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teachers. Leads to dual teaching license in elementary and K–12 special education in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 71% of grads earned this degree in 1½–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring special ed teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This special education teaching degree program prepares you to teach students with mild-to-moderate disabilities, with courses in the foundations of teaching, instructional planning and presentation, assessment, and classroom management. Core elementary and special education courses focus on diversity, disciplinary literacy, elementary education methods, and special education topics such as law, assessment, and behavioral management. This program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers. Leads to teaching license in states that have a middle-grades math teaching license. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 79% of grads earned this degree in 1–3 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high math teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for math.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This math teaching degree program includes courses in the foundations of teaching, general education, mathematics content, middle school math content, diversity, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school and high school math teachers. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 91% of grads earned this degree in 1½–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school math teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for math.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This math teaching degree program includes courses in the foundations of teaching, general education, mathematics content, math education, instructional planning and presentation, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school science teachers. Leads to teaching license in all states that have a middle-grades general science teaching license. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 84% of grads earned this degree in 1–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or middle school science teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for science.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This science teaching degree program includes coursework in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, science, mathematics, pedagogy, science education, field experience, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school biology teachers. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 84% of grads earned this degree in 1½–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school biology teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for biology.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This biology teaching degree program includes coursework in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, biology, pedagogy, science education, field experience, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school chemistry teachers. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 77% of grads earned this degree in 1½–3½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school chemistry teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for chemistry.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This chemistry teaching degree program includes coursework in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, chemistry, pedagogy, science education, field experience, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school physics teachers. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 84% of grads earned this degree in 1–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school physics teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for physics.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This physics teaching degree program includes coursework in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, physics, pedagogy, science education, field experience, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school earth sciences teachers. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 71% of grads earned this degree in 2–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school geoscience teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for earth science.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This geosciences teaching degree program includes coursework in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, earth sciences, pedagogy, science education, field experience, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Master's Programs Leading to Licensure

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring elementary school teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 83% of grads finish this program in ½–2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This elementary-ed MAT program includes courses in the foundations of teaching, mathematics content, instructional planning and presentation, elementary education methods, and effective teaching practices. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: This program is designed to take 2½ years to complete, but you may graduate faster by accelerating through material you learn quickly or already know well.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high math teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for math.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This M.A. Teaching program in secondary math education includes courses in the foundations of teaching, mathematics education, instructional planning and presentation, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

It differs from the M.A. Teaching, Mathematics (5–12) program in that it does not require courses in upper levels of calculus, including advanced calculus and mathematical modeling.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school or high school math teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: This program is designed to take 2½ years to complete, but you may graduate faster by accelerating through material you learn quickly or already know well.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school math teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for math.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This M.A. Teaching program in secondary math education includes courses in the foundations of teaching, mathematics education, instructional planning and presentation, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

It differs from the M.A. Teaching, Mathematics (5–9) program in that it includes courses in upper levels of calculus, including advanced calculus and mathematical modeling.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school science teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: This program is designed to take 2½ years to complete, but you may graduate faster by accelerating through material you learn quickly or already know well.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school science teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for science.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This graduate-level secondary science teaching program includes the following areas of coursework: foundations of teaching, science education, pedagogy, field experience, research, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school English teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: This program is designed to take 2 years to complete, but you may graduate faster by accelerating through material you learn quickly or already know well.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school English teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers with a passion for English.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This secondary English MAT program includes courses in the foundations of teaching, instructional planning and presentation, English content, research, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary school teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field. Leads to teaching license in all 50 states. (Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.)

  • Time: 89% of grads earned this degree in ½–2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary school teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This post-baccalaureate elementary school teacher preparation program includes courses in the foundations of teaching, instructional planning and presentation, elementary education methods, effective teaching practices, and math content. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Demonstration teaching and state licensure.

Each of WGU’s online teacher licensure programs requires student teaching in an actual classroom—demonstration teaching experience, ensuring you’ll have the skills and know-how to handle a classroom of your own.

Graduate with little or no new student debt.

As a nonprofit organization, WGU provides a convenient, cost-effective path to teacher licensure and a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education. Tuition for all degree programs in the Teachers College is $3,190 per six-month term—about half what you’d pay at other universities.

Low tuition is just the start! Tuition is charged at a flat rate each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete during that term. The standard term is based upon a full course load—at least 12 competency units (credit equivalents) for undergraduate students and 8 competency units for post-baccalaureate and master’s students. Individual progress may vary. Because you can accelerate through material you already know well or learn quickly—finishing more courses in a term without paying extra—you could end up saving even more.

Special scholarship offer for Teachers Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teachers work tirelessly, passionately, and creatively to build a brighter future for their students—and, as a result, for all of us. Teacher Appreciation Week 2018 (May 7–11) is a great time to tell a teacher thanks. And in celebration, we’re offering teachers and prospective teachers a number of special offers to help them further their education—including the opportunity to apply for a scholarship worth up to $2,000. Limited time: Apply by June 30.

Top marks for a top choice.

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) in 2017 placed WGU’s Teachers College in the top 1% nationwide for the quality of its secondary teacher-preparation programs. NCTQ also recognized WGU as the nation’s #1 best value for teacher education in 2015.

Best practices for the classroom.

Every WGU teacher licensure program includes an in-classroom student teaching component. You can complete it at a school near you. It’s full-time, supervised, on-the-job experience that prepares you to lead your own classroom—effectively and with confidence.

Quality that really gets noticed.

WGU is among a select group of universities to have earned accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the premier specialized accrediting body for professional education programs.

An impressive class of graduates.

Graduates of the WGU Teachers College include recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Intel Grant for Mathematics and Technology, Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award, Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, and Association of Public Charter Schools Educator of the Year Award.

Online. Nonprofit. Surprisingly affordable.

Discover which WGU program is the path to your unique career goals.

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