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Online teacher certificates and degree programs from a CAEP and AAQEP-accredited Teachers College.

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:

Elementary Education – B.A.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary teachers. Leads to teaching license in all 50...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring...

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: 60% of grads earned this degree within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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.

Science Education (Secondary Chemistry) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school chemistry teachers. Leads to teaching...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle...

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: 71% of grads earned this degree within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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 online classes in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, chemistry, pedagogy, and science education. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Science Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school science teachers. Leads to teaching license in...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle...

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: 69% of grads earned this degree within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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.

Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school earth sciences teachers. Leads to...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle...

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: 69% of grads earned this degree within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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 online courses in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, earth sciences, pedagogy, and science education. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Special Education (Mild to Moderate) – B.A.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teacher . Leads to your teaching...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring K–12...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teacher . Leads to your teaching license in states that offer a single license in K–12 special education.

 If your state requires—or if you're interested in—dual licensure in both elementary education and K–12 special education, consider the B.A. Special Education (K–12) program (click button below).

  • Time: 62% of grads finish similar programs within 3½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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 online degree program includes coursework and assessments tailor-made for future teachers who are committed to working with students who have mild to moderate learning exceptionalities. It offers deep engagement in serving special education students and leads to your K–12 special education license in states that do not require dual elementary-ed and special-ed licensure. It also includes a preclinical experience with face-to-face observation hours and a Demonstration Teaching component hosted by an experienced teacher and directed by a clinical supervisor.

Compare B.A. Special Education (K–12)

Special Education and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure) – B.A.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teachers. Leads to dual teaching...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring K–12...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teachers. Leads to dual teaching license in elementary education and K–12 special education.

(Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.) If your state offers a single K–12 special education license and you are interested in focusing on teaching students with mild to moderate exceptionalities, consider the B.A. Special Education (Mild to Moderate) program. (Click button below.)

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this degree within 3½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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 online 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. Compare B.A. Special Education (Mild to Moderate)

 

Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers. Leads to teaching license in...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle...

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: 61% of grads earned this degree within 30 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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 science teaching degree program includes online courses 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.

Mathematics Education (Secondary) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school and high school math teachers. Leads to...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle...

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: 71% of grads earned this degree within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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 online 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.

Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school biology teachers. Leads to teaching...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle...

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: 76% of grads earned this degree within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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 online courses in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, biology, pedagogy, and science education. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Science Education (Secondary Physics) – B.S.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school physics teachers. Leads to teaching...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle...

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: 67% of grads earned this degree within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 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 online courses in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, physics, pedagogy, and science education. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.


Graduate programs leading to licensure:

Teaching, Science Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school science teachers...

An online master's degree and teacher certification program...

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: 69% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 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.

Teaching, Mathematics Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school or high school math...

An online master's degree and teacher certification program...

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: 66% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 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 Education (Middle Grades) program in that it includes courses in upper levels of calculus, including advanced calculus and mathematical modeling.

Teaching, Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – M.A.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers who already...

An online master's degree and teacher certification program...

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: 70% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 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 Education (Secondary) program in that it does not require courses in upper levels of calculus, including advanced calculus and mathematical modeling.

Teaching, English Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school English teachers...

An online master's degree and teacher certification program...

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: 74% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 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.

Teaching, Elementary Education – M.A.

An online master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring elementary school teachers who already...

An online master's degree and teacher certification program...

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: 67% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 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.


Post-Baccalaureate teacher certification:

Elementary Education – Post-Baccalaureate

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary school teachers who already have a bachelor's...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring...

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: 68% of grads earned this degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 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.

Online Endorsement program:

English Language Learning (PreK–12) Endorsement Preparation Program

An online program for currently licensed elementary and secondary school teachers who desire to be licensed to...

An online program for currently licensed elementary and...

An online program for currently licensed elementary and secondary school teachers who desire to be licensed to teach in ELL or ESL settings.

Become highly qualified in ELL or ESL, increase your career opportunities, earn re-licensure points, and possibly become eligible for lane changes leading to increased salary.

  • Time: 80% of grads finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Coursework you will complete in this program:

  • Culture
  • Language production, theory, and acquisition
  • Theories of second language acquisition and grammar
  • Planning, implementing, and managing instruction
  • Assessment theory and practice
  • Professional role of the ELL teacher
  • ELL-specific pedagogy
  • Field experience in a K–12 classroom that serves English language learners

Advance your teaching career and help ensure language barriers don't become a barrier to learning.

WGU’s Teachers College provides a path for students to become licensed/certified teachers in each U.S. state and territory. In some cases, our program has already been approved for direct licensure/certification in your state. In other cases, you will earn a license from Utah (WGU’s home state), which will be recognized in your state through reciprocity (leading to a license in your state). Your Enrollment Counselor can give you specific information on your program of interest and how you may ultimately earn a license in your state. Please note that some programs do not have a corresponding license in certain states.

Demonstration teaching and state licensure.

Each of WGU’s online teacher licensure and teacher certificate 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.

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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 between $3,225 and $3,240 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.


New Year Scholarships available.

Fulfill your ambition.

Apply for the WGU New Year Scholarship today.

WGU’s scholarship programs make pursuing your goals even more budget-friendly. Now through March 31, new students are eligible to apply for an exclusive scholarship: The New Year Scholarship. 

Fulfill your career ambition with an accredited, accessible, affordable education from WGU. Programs begin the first of each month, and our flexible, online format lets you complete most coursework any time or place that fits your schedule.

Inspiring students.

Many of WGU's Teachers College students are career changers. Teaching is a calling that's hard to ignore. Watch Wendy's story of moving from journalist to teacher.

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's Teachers College is among a select group of teacher-education programs—and the only competency-based college—to have received accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation.

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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