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Bachelor of Science in Science Education / Secondary Biological Science

Program Details

To help meet the urgent nationwide need for middle and high school STEM teachers, WGU offers an affordable, accredited, online Bachelor of Science degree program in Science Education (Secondary Biological Science). This program prepares students with knowledge of cellular biology, heredity, evolution, diversity of life, interdependence of life, and ecology, and provides both theoretical and practical application of teaching methodology, lesson planning, classroom management, and more. The program incorporates hands-on labs and a 12–20 week in-classroom teaching experience. WGU’s Bachelor of Science, Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) is accredited, and leads to initial teacher licensure in all 50 states

WGU holds the same accreditation as many state universities. With the unparalleled online flexibility, students can complete most of their coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedule. Students also benefit from the competency-based learning model, which lets them pass most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation.

Requirements

The program includes a student teaching component.

The program requires a total of 122 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Admission requirements:

  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Official transcripts of all prior academic work completed at community colleges, colleges, or universities you’ve attended
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Meet any program-specific admissions requirements
  • Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

WGU's Teachers College is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 7 years, from 2012 to 2019.

WGU’s Teachers College is eligible and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in spring 2018.