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 Bachelor of Science, Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) includes hands-on labs and a 12–20 week in-classroom teaching experience. This program leads to initial teacher licensure in all 50 states. WGU’s Teacher College is CAEP-accredited.
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.
*WGU cannot currently accept applicants who are residents of California.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Western Governors University is accredited by:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Interview, Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- The program includes a student teaching component.
The WGU Teachers College is the first competency-based online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Additionally, the teacher licensure programs offered through the WGU Teachers College have been awarded full accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) through June 30, 2026.