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Master's Degrees for Currently Licensed Teachers

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What is a Master’s Degree for Currently Licensed Teachers?

A master’s degree for currently licensed teachers enables educators who already hold a bachelor’s degree and teaching license to progress further in their career. Many current teachers pursue this type of degree in order to increase their salary and improve their career outlook. 

At WGU, we understand that teachers have a lot on their plate, so we offer flexible master’s degree programs that provide the skills and credentials they need to move ahead in their careers while handling the daily stress of being an educator. Our online course format allows teachers to keep teaching while they work toward an advanced degree online, on their time.

Our master’s degrees for licensed teachers are competency based, meaning teachers can use their existing skills to advance through courses at an accelerated pace. We offer several different master’s programs, so we encourage you to browse our degree offerings to find the right fit.

Who Should Earn This Type of Master’s Degree?

Our master’s degrees for licensed teachers are built for those who already have their initial licensure and are looking to add to their existing credentials. Teachers who want to gain an additional license or qualify to teach another subject are great candidates for our teaching master’s degrees at WGU. 

Whether your goal is to improve your earning potential or just broaden your skillset, we’ll work with you to understand your unique situation and goals and help you select the best degree program.

Type of student:
  • Elementary education
  • Middle school (secondary education)
  • High school (secondary education)
  • Special education
  • ELL or ESL
Education topic:
  • Math
  • English
  • Science (different specialties like chemistry, biology, etc.)
  • History
  • Social studies

How Long Does it Take for Currently Licensed Teachers to Earn a Master’s Degree?

24 months

Currently licensed teachers can earn a master’s degree at WGU in as few as 18 to 24 months, on average. Some finish even more quickly. How? Our unique online competency-based education model allows students to accelerate their progress by using their existing knowledge to advance quickly through the material they already know.

How Much More Can Currently Licensed Teachers Earn With A Master’s Degree?

$5,000+

It can vary greatly depending on the specific state and school district, but on average, currently licensed teachers who earn a master’s degree earn at least $5,000 more per year than those without, with that number rising to $10,000 or more per year as teachers reach the maximum available salary. For the most accurate information, it’s best to check with your specific district and school.

Can Currently Licensed Teachers Get Additional Certifications?

Yes

Yes. Currently licensed teachers can gain additional certifications that allow them to teach additional subjects or age groups. Many add to their licenses by earning an accredited master’s degree. Be sure to research how licensing and certification works in your individual state, district, and school.

Teaching Education Programs

Take a look at all the degree programs you can choose from.

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WGU Programs for Currently Licensed Teachers

Science Education (Middle Grades) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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 general science endorsement.

  • Time: 76% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

Science Education (Secondary Physics) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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

  • Time: 88% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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: 82% of grads earned this degree within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

English Language Learning (PreK–12) Endorsement Preparation Program

An online program for currently licensed elementary and...

An online program for currently licensed...

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: $3,935 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.

Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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

  • Time: 79% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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

  • Time: 85% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

Mathematics Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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

  • Time: 74% of grads earned this degree within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

Science Education (Secondary Chemistry) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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

  • Time: 79% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

Mathematics Education (K–6) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers who want to...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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

  • Time: 79% of grads earned this degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 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.

English Language Learning (PreK–12) – M.A.

An online master's degree for current teachers whose next career...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

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

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,935 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.

What are the Benefits for Currently Licensed Teachers to Earn A Master’s Degree?

Teachers who earn a master’s degree enjoy many benefits. Some of the benefits of earning a master’s degree as a teacher include:

  • Increasing your knowledge. Earning an advanced degree will make you a more knowledgeable and qualified teacher. An advanced teaching degree from WGU will help you learn new teaching methods, update you on the most current education strategies, and even provide the depth of knowledge you need to teach a new subject. A master’s in teaching will help you become a better teacher and connect more with your students. 
  • Boosting your earning potential. Earning a degree is a great way to help your students, but it's also an important way to advance your own career. Many schools offer earning increases for teachers who obtain an advanced degree. An advanced degree helps put you in a position to earn more money and take that next step in your career.
  • Adding to your license. A master's degree adds to your résumé in more ways than one. These degrees allow you to add to your teaching license and qualifies you to teach other academic subjects or more advanced courses in your current subject. If you're ready to take on a new subject, teach different ages of students, and bolster your credentials, a master's degree that adds to your license is a great step.
  • Building your professional network. Making connections with other teachers is key to progressing inside your career. In a master’s program you can meet and work with other educators like you who can provide useful advice and support. An expanded network helps you improve and progress as an educator, as well as gives you relationships that could benefit your career down the road. 
  • Opening yourself up to additional career opportunities. By earning an advanced degree, you gain skills that advance your career and improve your earning potential as a teacher. Beyond that, a master’s degree opens up additional career opportunities for you. Moving to a new school, a new group of students, or a new subject are all possible with the help of a master's degree. Higher education expands your mind and shows employers in all fields that you’re an avid learner. If you want to expand your horizons and give yourself options, earning a master’s degree is a smart choice.
  • Improving your job security. The most qualified teachers stand out. And when changes have to be made or additional classes need to be taught, they get priority. Gaining more skills, education, and certifications can give you greater job security as a teacher. A master’s degree in teaching from WGU will give you the skills and licensure you need to gain that respect and responsibility. The more qualified you are, the more valuable you become. 

 

Why Choose WGU for a Master's Degree?

WGU is a great fit for your master’s degree in teaching for many reasons:

  • Low, flat-rate tuition means you're charged the same amount per six-month term, regardless of how many classes you take.
  • Competency-based education empowers you to use your existing knowledge to accelerate your program and graduate faster. The faster you graduate, the more money you save. 
  • We offer scholarships and financial aid to help with the cost of our already affordable tuition, making college education more accessible.
  • Respected and accredited programs ensure your master’s degree provides real value to you as an educator.

Teaching Education Programs

Take a look at all the degree programs you can choose from.

View all teaching degrees