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Master of Arts

Science Education Master's
(Secondary Earth Science)

OVERVIEW

Designed for Educators Wanting to Teach Geology or Earth Science


 

Earth science (geosciences) is one of the fundamental sciences all American high school students are expected to learn before graduation. By making geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy interesting and challenging, you can help engage your students' minds, strengthen their confidence, and lead them to a better appreciation of the world in which they live.

This online master's in science education program can prepare you to teach earth science at the junior high or high school level*. The program helps ensure your proficiency in natural sciences, general chemistry, earth and space science, ocean systems, and advanced geosciences.

*The specific grade levels you will be eligible to teach depend on your state’s licenses and endorsements.

Eligibility note: WGU's M.A. Science Education programs are for already-licensed teachers. The M.A. Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) program is for certified teachers who already hold a bachelor's degree and wish to add secondary earth science 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.

91% of students finish within 

24 Months

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

Tuition per six-month term is

$3,665

Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps you control the ultimate cost of your degree. Finish faster, pay less! 

Graduates who recommend WGU

97%

The vast majority of alumni say WGU delivered on its promises. In fact, over 50% of students found WGU thanks to a friend's recommendation. 

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COURSES & COMPETENCIES

Earth Science Education Courses

A nationally recognized curriculum designed to help you upgrade your teaching career with geoscience credentials.

WGU's online M.A. in Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) degree program is an affordable, flexible path for current teachers who want to add a geoscience specialization or endorsement to their license. (The specific grade levels you will be eligible to teach depend on your state’s licenses and endorsements.) Our curriculum focuses on effective strategies for teaching middle school or high school earth sciences and geology.

This program is made up of the following 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.

WGU is the nation’s largest provider of math and science teaching degrees. Our M.A. for aspiring secondary geoscience/earth science teachers was designed (and is regularly updated) with input from experts on our Education Program Council, who know what it takes to successfully teach earth sciences in junior high, middle school, or high school. (The specific grade levels you will be eligible to teach depend on your state’s licenses and endorsements.)

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.

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

12 Courses

Program consists of 12 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your degree is proof you really know your stuff.

Teacher Work Sample

Special requirements for this program

The final project 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. 

“The mentors and instructors are great and when you ask for help their reply is timely and almost immediate.”

—Hilda Williamson
M.A. Science Education (Secondary Earth 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,
Recognized

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.

COST & TIME

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 2019 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

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.
 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

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

No rigid class schedules. Just a solid, career-focused science teaching program that meshes with your current lifestyle. You'll be challenged. You'll work hard. But if you commit yourself and put in the hours needed, WGU makes it possible for you to earn a highly respected degree as a busy working adult.

WGU's geosciences education master's degree program is designed for licensed teachers who already have a bachelor's degree and who wish to improve their knowledge and teaching skills to teach earth science or geology at the junior high, middle school, or high school grade levels.  This program is specifically designed for working adult students, so you can honor your current work and family responsibilities while completing your coursework.

"Perfect for a working schedule. There wasn't anything extra that wasn't expressly an assessment. I was able to prove that I knew much of the material and was able to move quickly through subjects I had experience with.”

—Jenny
M.A. Science Education (Secondary Earth Science)

CAREER OUTLOOK

Calling All Teachers with a Passion for Earth Sciences

A nationwide shortage of STEM teachers has created a demand for educators with the knowledge and training to help students build solid science skills in the middle school/junior high and high school grades. WGU's M.A. in Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) degree program is specifically designed to prepare you to teach middle school or high school geology and earth science. The specific grade levels you will be eligible to teach depend on your state’s licenses and endorsements.

With a M.A. in Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) degree, you could qualify to teach earth science or geology at the junior high or high school level. Adding a master’s degree to your résumé can increase your career opportunities, employability, salary, and contribution to your department.

Return on Your Investment

4%

Employment of all high school teachers is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

WGU Alumni Teach in Schools Across the Country

Graduates of WGU’s Teachers College have found meaningful, rewarding 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).

ADMISSIONS

Master's Degree in Earth Science Education Admissions Requirements

If you enroll in a program that also includes a special endorsement, (such as the M.A. Science Education, with an endorsement to teach secondary geosciences) 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 other schools. 

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