To help meet the urgent nationwide need for middle school STEM teachers, WGU offers an affordable, accredited, online Master of Arts degree program in Science Education (Middle Grades). This program provides already-licensed teachers with a greater knowledge and proficiency in a wide range of natural science topics, including biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science. The program also incorporates hands-on labs. The Master of Arts, Science Education (Middle Grades) is recognized by all 50 states. WGU’s Teachers 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.
The program requires a total of 30 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
- A copy of a valid teaching license
- Official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited university
- Meet any program-specific admissions requirements
- Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor
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.