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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 Earth Science). This program prepares students with knowledge of earth systems, astronomy, ocean systems, and earth science, 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 Earth Science) is NCATE-accredited, and leads to initial teacher licensure in all 50 states. 

WGU holds the same accreditation as many state universities. With 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 requires a total of 121 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

To be admitted into this Teachers College program, you must:

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Show proof of having completed a College Algebra course as well as a Natural Science course (in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Geosciences) which includes a lab with a grade of C or better.

You may also be required to take and pass the WGU Readiness Assessment — a short, multi-part online admissions test that helps determine the likelihood of success in a WGU program.

Before beginning the Demonstration Teaching (student teaching) portion of the degree program, you must also meet specific admissions requirements for the state in which you reside. These can include state-specific basic skills tests (such as the PRAXIS I and/or II). Registering and paying for these tests may be your responsibility. You are required to meet these state-specific requirements prior to beginning the Foundations of Teaching domain of study.

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 is the first online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 
 
WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). WGU's nursing programs are CCNE accredited  (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Restrictions

This program is not authorized in the following states: TX.