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Earn your master's degree in K–12 education online.

Online, NCATE-accredited graduate degree programs for current or aspiring teachers.

An educator is also a lifelong learner. A master's degree or endorsement can help you build a career in K–12 education where you can make a huge difference in students' lives. For current teachers, a graduate degree or endorsement can help you specialize your career and may quality you for a salary increase or lane change. For professionals in a non-teaching career who have a bachelor's degree but want to move into a teaching career, an M.A. in Teaching or a post-baccalaureate teacher-certification program could be the path you're looking for.

Graduate Programs for Licensed Teachers

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking to further their careers with a graduate program focused on curriculum development and design. (*No teaching license required.)

  • Time: 81% of grads earned this degree in 10–26 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Curriculum theory and development
  • Instructional theory and methods
  • Research fundamentals

Help schools create courses of study that are engaging, meaningful, and memorable, that enhance student performance, and that factor in classroom diversity with this M.S. degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers looking to further their careers with a focus on K–12 special education (teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities).

  • Time: 73% of grads earned this degree in 1–3 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Special education
  • Instructional design
  • Research fundamentals
  • Teacher work sample


Find a rewarding career teaching students with diverse challenges and special learning abilities with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers looking to move into a school or district leadership position, like principal, vice principal, or administrator. 

  • Time: 69% of grads earned this degree in 1–2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program includes:

  • Process management
  • Strategic planning
  • Performance excellence
  • Governance, finance, law, and leadership
  • Measurement, analysis, and knowledge management
  • Workforce focus
  • Other courses, including a capstone project and a series of performance tasks to take place under the leadership of a practicing state licensed school principal or assistant principal in a practicum school site (K–12). 

Put your leadership skills to good use—in the service of America's children—with this education master's degree. 

*States that do not accept this program: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

An online master's degree for current teachers whose next career goal includes a focus on teaching in ELL or ESL settings.

  • Time: 73% of grads earned this degree in ½–2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program includes:

  • 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
  • Research foundations
  • Other courses, including a field experience in a K–12 classroom that serves English language learners.

Grow your teaching career on a commitment to ensuring language barriers don't become a barrier to learning with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking to further their careers with a graduate program focused on designing top-notch K–12 curriculum. (*No teaching license required.)

  • Time: 82% of grads earned this degree in 2 years or less.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Instructional design
  • Research fundamentals
  • Measurement and evaluation

Raise the bar on K–12 education. Learn to build better curriculum with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking to further their careers with a graduate program focused on integrating technology with instructional design principles. (*No teaching license required.)

  • Time: 83% of grads earned this degree in 6–24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Instructional design
  • Research fundamentals
  • Technology integration

Harness the power of technology to teach more kids in better ways with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching math to elementary school students.

  • Time: 82% of grads earned this degree in less than 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program includes:

  • Number sense and functions
  • Graphing, proportional reasoning, and equations/inequalities
  • Geometry and statistics
  • Finite mathematics
  • Research foundations, questions and literature review, design and analysis, and proposals
  • Portfolio oral defense
  • Capstone project

Focus your teaching passion on instilling in elementary-age students a love of math with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching math to middle school students. Available in states that offer a middle-grades math teaching endorsement.

  • Time: 77% of grads earned this degree within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program includes:

  • College algebra
  • Finite mathematics
  • Trigonometry and pre-calculus
  • Mathematics learning and teaching
  • College geometry
  • Probability and statistics I
  • Middle school mathematics content knowledge
  • Calculus I
  • Algebra for secondary mathematics teaching
  • Mathematics history and technology
  • Research foundations
  • Teacher performance assessment

Focus your teaching passion on instilling in junior high students a love of math with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching math to middle and high school students.

  • Time: 78% of grads earned this degree within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program includes:

  • Trigonometry and pre-calculus
  • College geometry
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Mathematics learning and teaching
  • Probability and statistics I
  • Probability and statistics II
  • Algebra for secondary mathematics teaching
  • Geometry for secondary mathematics teaching
  • Statistics and probability for secondary mathematics teaching
  • Mathematics history and technology
  • Mathematics content knowledge
  • Mathematical modeling and applications
  • Linear algebra
  • Abstract algebra
  • Advanced calculus
  • Teacher performance assessment

Focus your teaching passion on instilling in junior high or high school students a love of math with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching science to middle school students. Available in all states that offer a middle-grades math endorsement.

  • Time: 84% of grads earned this degree in 1–2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Areas of study in this program include:

  • General science
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Ecology
  • Science education
  • Teacher performance assessment

Propel your career as a middle school or junior high science teacher with this M.A. degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching biology to middle or high school students.

  • Time: 81% of grads earned this degree in 6–20 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Areas of study in this program include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Science education
  • Teacher performance assessment

Propel your career as a junior high or high school biology teacher with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching chemistry to middle or high school students.

  • Time: 82% of grads earned this degree in 6–24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Areas of study in this program include:

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Science education
  • Teacher performance assessment

Propel your career as a junior high or high school chemistry teacher with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching physics to middle or high school students.

  • Time: 77% of grads earned this degree in 6–18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Areas of study in this program include:

  • General science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science education
  • Teacher performance assessment

Propel your career as a junior high or high school physics teacher with this education master's degree.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to specialize in teaching earth science to middle or high school students.

  • Time: 81% of grads earned this degree in 6–24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Areas of study in this program include:

  • General science
  • Mathematics
  • Geoscience
  • Science education
  • Teacher performance assessment

Propel your career as a junior high or high school geoscience teacher with this education master's degree.

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 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.

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 Education (Secondary) 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 Education (Middle Grades) 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.

Online Endorsement Programs

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: 76% of grads earned this degree in 1½ years or less.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

An online program for those with master’s degrees to become a principal, vice principal, or associate principal. This program is designed for currently licensed teachers who desire to become licensed as a school principal.

  • Time: 73% of grads earned this degree in 1½ years or less.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Coursework you will complete in this program:

  • Governance, finance, law, and leadership for principals
  • Performance excellence criteria for educational leaders
  • Process management for educational leaders
  • Student, stakeholder, and market focus for educational leaders
  • Measurement, analysis, and knowledge management for educational leaders
  • Workforce focus for educational leaders
  • Strategic planning for educational leaders
  • Comprehensive educational leadership integration
  • Practicum in educational leadership

Advance your career in education as a principal or vice principal with this online endorsement-prep program.

*This program is not available in the following states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Consider the M.S. Educational Leadership program instead.

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.

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.

Future teachers can earn a teaching license through a master's degree.

A career change to become a teacher can be a professionally and personally fulfilling move to make. But it can also seem like a daunting change—especially if you already have a bachelor's degree in your field and don't want to start from scratch.

You don't have to start over.

A M.A. in Teaching degree or a post-baccalaureate teacher-prep program can be your path. Designed for aspiring teachers who have a bachelor's degree but no teaching license, these programs are a faster path to your teaching certificate.

No bachelor's degree yet?  Check out our undergrad teacher-preparation programs.

NCATE accreditation.

WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, now CAEP*) 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." Read more about our NCATE accreditation.

Inspiring students.

Many of WGU's Teacher's College students are career-changers, such as Wendy. Teaching is such a calling—it's hard to ignore. Watch Wendy's story of moving from journalism to teacher.

Wendy (WGU grad) changed from a career in journalism to become a teacher

For current teachers, a master’s degree can take you to the next level.

Already a teacher? Imagine reaching the next level of your profession. Through one of WGU's online master’s teaching degree programs, you can put yourself in an excellent position to enhance your professional prestige and earning potential. You’ll develop specialized skills and knowledge in a high-demand field and become a curricular leader in your school.

You’ve worked to mold the futures of your students for years. Isn’t it time you thought about your own future?

Earning your master’s degree in education from the WGU Teachers College helps you secure a better future online, on your schedule, and on your budget. You’ll start seeing the benefits immediately.

A master’s degree often means an increased salary, job security, and retirement benefits. You’ll also notice an immediate improvement in your teaching skills. You’ll be able to reach your students in new ways and maximize the impact of every lesson. Your specialized knowledge and skills will not only benefit you, but also benefit your students and the school districts in which you teach.

“After graduating from WGU, and through all the rigor and quality of instruction that I received in the educational field, I was awarded Hawaii District Teacher of the Year in 2012.” Amoreena Nestman
M.A. Teaching – Elementary Education
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Earn a graduate degree on a teacher's salary.

As a nonprofit organization, WGU provides a convenient, cost-effective path to your master’s degree in education or endorsement. 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 8 competency units (credit equivalents) 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.

Graduate faster by focusing on learning competencies, not logging semester hours. Here's how it works:

competency, noun

Demonstrated knowledge, skill, or ability required to advance in a degree program.

At WGU, course competencies are defined by an expert council, including employers.

For this course, there are 3 areas you need to prove competency in.

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First, let's take a pre‑assessment.

Determine what you already know from previous work and education experience, and where you need to focus your studies. Prove your competency in 3 areas in this exercise.

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Competency 2: Retrieving results...
Competency 3: Retrieving results...

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Second, study course materials.

Click on the free learning resources created by education experts that will help you master the competencies.

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