Online Master of Arts in Teaching Science for Middle and High School (2024)

Master of Arts

Leads to Teacher Licensure


An Affordable Online Master’s Program Leading to a Science Teaching License

Already have a non-teaching bachelor’s degree but looking for a career change that will allows you to be a force for change? Let WGU help you become a science teacher.

Why does gravity work? How do plants reproduce? What’s the difference between an acid and a base? Science class provides the ideal environment for a great teacher to awaken a student’s appetite for knowledge.

Students will take 8 professional core courses that will prepare them to handle unique educational situations and become better teachers. These courses focus on a variety of important topics including social and emotional learning, and technology and diversity inclusion in the classroom. Plus, students will get to use augmented reality experiences to give them the opportunity to practice their work before entering the classroom. These 8 professional core courses are also coupled with preclinical experience to help ensure teachers are ready for their classroom.

A top-rated program like WGU's online Master of Arts in Teaching, Science Education degree includes preparation for certification as a middle school or high school science teacher. You'll explore creative ways to make science interesting, relevant, and fun to fuel students' curiosities and inspire their interest in earth sciences, life sciences, chemistry, physics, and the universe.

Note: The specific grade level you will be licensed to teach depends on your state. Learn more about teacher certification.

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Secondary Science Education Courses

A nationally recognized curriculum designed to help you become a highly qualified science teacher.

WGU’s Master of Arts in Teaching, Science Education degree program is an affordable, online degree that leads to teacher licensure. You will become a highly qualified science teacher with the in-demand credentials to play a key role in the lives of future generations of American students.

This program is made up of the following courses. Some may be waived through transfer from your previous college experience. The rest you will complete one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means that you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.

To ensure WGU graduates acquire the knowledge and teaching skills sought by today’s schools, our M.A. Teaching, Science Education (Secondary) degree program was developed with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This program is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

The M.A. Teaching, Science Education program at WGU is a mostly online degree program that you will complete by working and studying independently with support and instruction from WGU faculty. You will be expected to complete at least 8 competency units each 6-month term. (One course is typically 3 or 4 units.)

Washington students, please note that you will be required to complete one additional course that is not listed below: Survey of Pacific Northwest History for Educators. View the Washington program guide.


Science Education

Science, Technology, and Society explores the ways in which science influences and is influenced by society and technology. A humanistic and social endeavor, science serves the needs of ever-changing societies by providing methods for observing, questioning, discovering, and communicating information about the physical and natural world. This course prepares educators to explain the nature and history of science, the various applications of science, and the scientific and engineering processes used to conduct investigations, make decisions, and solve problems. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Science Methods provides an introduction to science teaching methods for graduate students seeking initial licensure or an additional endorsem*nt in secondary biology, chemistry, geosciences, physics, or middle grades general science. Course content focuses on the design and teaching of standards-based lessons using the three dimensions of science (science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas) and the appropriate integration of technology into those lessons. Students in this course work within their content areas to evaluate, enhance, and plan appropriate science instruction. This course includes laboratory safety training and certification, which includes safe laboratory practices and procedures for science classrooms and the proper use of personal protective equipment. Students seeking initial licensure should complete Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment before this course. There are no prerequisites for students seeking an endorsem*nt in a new content area.


Educational Psychology and Human Development of Children and Adolescents is a key component of WGU’s Professional Core and is a required course for all Master of Arts in Teaching candidates. This course introduces candidates to research-validated theories of human development and psychology, spanning from early childhood through adolescence, and their applications in teaching practice. Candidates will explore how linguistic, physical, cognitive, and social development influence the learning process and inform educational approaches. This course will also cover appropriate instructional and assessment strategies that can be used to support learning for developmentally diverse student populations. The course will culminate in analysis of learning theories related to educational psychology in order to develop a personal educational philosophy. Candidates will engage in four hours of preclinical experiences, which include virtual classroom observations from the perspective of educational psychology and learner development. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Professional Core

Foundations of Education is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all Master of Arts in Teaching candidates. This course introduces candidates to foundational knowledge about the teaching profession in the current educational context and the historical and cultural influences on P-12 education in the United States. This course addresses important topics that affect educators today including state standards-based curriculum, legal and ethical requirements, and professionalism. This course will culminate in evidence-based, practical application of current strategies, theories, or philosophical perspectives related to becoming an effective educator within the current school context. Candidates will engage in five hours of preclinical experiences, which include virtual observations of learning environments in multiple school settings, and an interview with an educator to gain insight on how these topics affect and inform teaching practice. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are introduced for further development throughout the candidate’s programs.

Schools as Communities of Care is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all Master of Arts in Teaching candidates. This course introduces candidates to strategies for providing a culturally inclusive learning environment that meets the social and emotional needs of learners while taking into account theories and philosophical perspectives on child and adolescent development and learning. Emphasis is placed on fostering a collaborative relationship with families, caregivers, and community stakeholders, and on leveraging community resources to support each learner’s growth and well-being to build a strong foundation for their academic and personal success. Topics addressed include culturally responsive practice, social and emotional learning (SEL), youth mental health, substance abuse, suicide awareness and prevention, abuse within families, and professional responsibilities to ensure student wellbeing. The course will culminate in evidence-based, practical application of strategies that support the whole child in a community of care. Candidates will engage in seven hours of preclinical experiences, include virtual observations of learning environments that involve parents and families in their children's education and an interview with an educational professional. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Fundamentals of Diverse Learners is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. This course prepares candidates to consider and address the wide range of learning needs in the classrooms of today. This course teaches candidates to identify and support the needs of diverse populations of learners, including, for example, students with disabilities (Including Dyslexia), students who are English language learners, and students who are gifted and talented. Practical strategies for differentiating instruction while creating a safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environment are explored. This course helps candidates develop skills for partnering with parents and advocating for all students, particularly those impacted by provisions of IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Multitiered systems of support are addressed to prepare candidates for their future classrooms as they seek to select appropriate instructional practices and interventions to best serve their students. Candidates will engage in four hours of preclinical experiences that include a simulated teaching experience in which skills learned can be applied. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Creating and Managing Engaging Learning Environments is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all Master of Arts in Teaching candidates. This course provides candidates with research-based strategies and approaches to establishing and maintaining a safe and productive learning environment that supports the success and well-being of all P-12 learners. Topics addressed include consistent routines and expectations, student engagement, positive behavior support, motivation and its effect on student achievement, active learning and self-direction, and fostering a sense of community through collaboration. Candidates will design a classroom management plan for their future classroom based on theory and high-leverage practices for meeting the diverse needs of learners in a productive and collaborative learning environment. The course will culminate in evidence-based, practical application of current strategies to motivate and engage students in specific content areas. Candidates will engage in seven hours of preclinical experiences that include both virtual observations of classroom settings and time in a simulated classroom environment where theory can be put into practice. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all Master of Arts in Teaching candidates. This course provides candidates with theoretical foundations and strategies for creating engaging and standards-aligned lessons that meet the needs of all learners in the P-12 classroom. This course focuses on the interrelationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment, with emphasis on the role of assessment and student data in planning, designing, delivering, and modifying instruction in accordance with diverse learner needs. This course will culminate in the application of evidence-based strategies related to the interdependence of and alignment among curriculum, instruction, and assessment in student-centered P-12 teaching and learning. Candidates will engage in three hours of preclinical experiences, which include conducting virtual classroom observations and recording a short teaching segment. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for continued development.

Assessing Student Learning is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all Master of Arts in Teaching candidates. This course provides candidates with methods and best practices for using assessment to monitor student progress and to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. This course focuses on implementing a balanced approach to assessment using multiple assessment types such as formative, summative, standardized, and common assessments. Also covered are data literacy skills for interpreting and analyzing individual learner and classroom data to improve instruction and support academic success for all learners. The course will culminate in evidence-based, practical application of strategies for assessment practices in P-12 schools. Candidates will engage in three hours of preclinical experiences that include virtual classroom observations. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Using Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning is a key component of WGU's professional core and is a required course for all Master of Arts in Teaching candidates. This course presents strategies for integrating technology into classroom practices to improve instruction and student learning according to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. Candidates will evaluate digital tools and their potential classroom applications such as enhancing curriculum, enabling communication with students and families, and increasing student engagement. Topics covered include ethics, equity and access to technology, and appropriate use of technology by P–12 students. Assistive technologies to meet the needs of a diverse learner population also will be addressed. The course will culminate in evidence-based, practical application of current standards, strategies, theories, or philosophical perspectives related to the use of technology in teaching and learning. Candidates will engage in three hours of preclinical experience that include virtual observations of classroom practices incorporating technology to support educational goals. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Effective Teaching Practices

Secondary Reading Instruction and Intervention explores the comprehensive, student-centered Response to Intervention (RTI) assessment and intervention model used to identify and address the needs of learners in middle school and high school who struggle with reading comprehension and/or information retention. Course content provides educators with effective strategies designed to scaffold instruction and help learners develop increased skill in the following areas: reading, vocabulary, text structures and genres, and logical reasoning related to the academic disciplines. This course has no prerequisites.

Secondary Disciplinary Literacy examines teaching strategies designed to help learners in middle and high school improve upon the literacy skills required to read, write, and think critically while engaging content in different academic disciplines. Themes include exploring how language structures, text features, vocabulary, and context influence reading comprehension across the curriculum. Course content highlights strategies and tools designed to help teachers assess the reading comprehension and writing proficiency of learners and provides strategies to support student reading and writing success in all curriculum areas. This course has no prerequisites.

Field Experience

Preclinical Experiences in Science provides students the opportunity to observe and participate in a wide range of in-classroom teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be an effective teacher. Students will reflect on and document the 75 hours of in-classroom observation and experience in their performance assessments. Prior to entering the classroom for the observations, students will be required to meet several requirements including a cleared background check, passing scores on the state or WGU required basic skills exam and a completed resume.

Demonstration Teaching

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Science involves a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.This course is eligible for an In Progress grade. Please see the Grading Scale Policy for more information.

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Science involves a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.This course is eligible for an In Progress grade. Please see the Grading Scale Policy for more information.

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Science involves a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.This course is eligible for an In Progress grade. Please see the Grading Scale Policy for more information.

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Science involves a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.This course is eligible for an In Progress grade. Please see the Grading Scale Policy for more information.

The Teacher Performance Assessment in Science course is culmination of the wide variety of skills learned during your time in the Teachers College at WGU. In order to be a competent and independent classroom teacher, you will showcase a collection of your content, planning, instructional, and reflective skills.This course is eligible for an In Progress grade. Please see the Grading Scale Policy for more information.

Professional Portfolio requires candidates to create an online teaching portfolio that demonstrates professional beliefs, growth, and effective teaching practices from the Demonstration Teaching experience. The portfolio includes reflective essays (educational beliefs, professional growth, and collaboration with stakeholders) and professional artifacts (resume and artifacts with commentary on academic language, systems of student support, education technology, and professional communication with families) developed and acquired during Demonstration Teaching.This course is eligible for an In Progress grade. Please see the Grading Scale Policy for more information.

Cohort Seminar provides mentoring and supports teacher candidates during their demonstration teaching period by providing weekly collaboration and instruction related to the demonstration teaching experience. It facilitates their demonstration of competence in becoming reflective practitioners, adhering to ethical standards, practicing inclusion in a diverse classroom, exploring community resources, building collegial and collaborative relationships with teachers, and considering leadership and supervisory skills.This course is eligible for an In Progress grade. Please see the Grading Scale Policy for more information.

20 Courses

Program consists of 20 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.

Program Guide

Professional Portfolio

Special requirements for this program

You will complete a professional portfolio, which will include your résumé and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your degree program and Demonstration Teaching.

“After being a substitute teacher for many years, I knew it was what I wanted long term. I already had a bachelor's degree in science but would need to gain a teaching license as well. The master's program at WGU was perfect because it was all online and worked with me trying to juggle two jobs.”

—Emily Koester
M.A. Teaching, Science Education (Secondary)

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WGU has Program Mentors who work with you from the day you start, all the way through graduation. They help you set up your Demonstration Teaching, learn about teaching certification in your state, and more. You're not alone when you choose an online degree at WGU.


On Your Schedule

Students choose WGU for this online science education degree program because of its flexibility. Whether you already have a full-time job, have responsibilities as a parent, or just have a busy schedule, WGU can work for you.


Licensure In Any State

WGU's online secondary science education degree prepares you for a teaching license in any state in the United States. It's valuable to learn the other requirements in your state to know the full process for gaining licensure.


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The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

*WGU undergraduate students have approximately half the debt at graduation compared to the national average, according to theInstitute for College Access and Success (2022).

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Professional responsibilities. Family obligations. Personal commitments. At WGU, we understand schedules are tight and often unpredictable for adult students. That’s why we offer a flexible, personalized approach to how education should be. No rigid class schedules. Just a solid, career-focused teaching program that meshes with your current lifestyle. You'll be challenged. You'll work hard.But if you commit yourself and put in the hours needed, WGU makes it possible for you to earn a highly respected degree as a busy working adult.

"You feel like family with this institution, so much support and help from all the amazing, highly qualified course instructors. My anchor through all of this was my amazing mentor, Holly. I won't forget her or all the amazing people along my path to my master's degree.”

—Shawn Burner
M.A. Teaching, Science Education (Secondary)

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Inspire Tomorrow's Engineers, Space Explorers, and Computer Experts. Become a Science Teacher!

An inquisitive mind. Passion for all things scientific. The desire to embolden students to explore what we know today—and learn to use it as a catalyst to consider new possibilities. If you possess these traits, maybe your calling in life is to become a science teacher.

Science teachers are in short supply—and high demand—nationwide. For non-teaching professionals with a bachelor’s degree and a desire to shift career tracks to a rewarding career as a science teacher, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree is the path to teacher certification, the salary and career benefits of a graduate degree, and the satisfaction of a career that truly makes a difference.


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Employment of all high school teachers is projected to grow 5% from 2021 to 2031 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

WGU Has Alumni Teaching in Schools Across the Country

Graduates of WGU's online Teachers College have found meaningful, rewarding teaching careers in classrooms at:

  • Inclusionary K–12 classrooms
  • Middle/junior high schools
  • High schools
  • Private and charter schools

Impressive Class of Graduates

Graduates of the WGU Teachers College include recipients of many professional honors, including:

  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Intel Grant for Mathematics and Technology
  • Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award
  • Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award
  • Association of Public Charter Schools Educator of the Year Award


Master of Teaching, Science Education Admission Requirements

To be considered eligible for enrollment into this M.A. in Teaching, Science Education degree program, you must provide official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized, institutionally accredited (also known as regionally accredited) university AND demonstrate readiness through one of the following:

  • Option 1: Content-related undergraduate or graduate degree with GPA of at least 2.5 (or higher, depending upon your state).
  • Option 2: Undergraduate or graduate degree with GPA of at least 2.5 (or higher, depending upon your state) and 24-30 hours of content specific coursework, equivalent to a major.
  • Option 3: Undergraduate or graduate degree with GPA of at least 2.0 (or higher, depending upon your state), a passing score on the WGU program required basic skills test (e.g., Praxis CORE) and demonstrate content competency via one of the following pathways 1) 24-30 hours of content specific coursework, equivalent to a major OR 2) an undergraduate or graduate degree in a content-related area to which area of program you are seeking admission.

Students who are seeking initial teacher licensure in a bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate, or master’s program must also pass a state-specific basic skills test for the state in which they live as a prerequisite to Demonstration Teaching (student teaching). (Registering and paying for the test is the student’s responsibility.) This requirement can be met either prior to admission or before beginning the Foundations of Teaching subject area once you are in your WGU program.

WGU’s teacher licensure programs also include Demonstration Teaching (student teaching). You must be at least 18 years of age before you may begin the application process or participate in Preclinical Experiences and Demonstration Teaching. You must also submit to a criminal background check prior to entering the classroom for this component of your program.


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Becoming a Licensed Teacher

State-specific licensure requirements: Each state in the U.S. has specific testing requirements that must be met or completed in addition to completing your teaching degree program at WGU. Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include a number of factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required entrance exams and basic skills tests

Preclinical Experiences

As part of this program, you'll participate in a wide range of in-classroom teaching experiences through at least 75 hours of in-classroom observation.

Demonstration Teaching

To help you prepare to work in classrooms, this program includes a student teaching component (we call it Demonstration Teaching, or DT). DT is a full-time, supervised, in-classroom experience of a minimum of 12–20 weeks during which you will be hosted by an experienced teacher and observed by a Clinical Supervisor. Your host teacher will evaluate your performance based on accepted professional standards. Learn more.

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It depends on your state and which Teachers College program you complete, so it is best to ask your Enrollment Counselor. Typically, teachers with an elementary education license can teach anywhere from kindergarten through 8th grade, and secondary teachers in math, English, or science can teach anywhere from 5th to 12th grades. K–12 special education licenses typically enable teachers to work with students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

It depends on your state and your program, but for most Teachers College programs, Demonstration Teaching is typically about the length of one full traditional school semester. DT is a minimum of 12–16 weeks, but it can be longer in other programs.

WGU has a team that works with you to connect you with schools in your area, and with host teachers that will support you through your Demonstration Teaching.

Your Enrollment Counselor can provide more details about your specific situation. While you can provide recommendations of a school you want to be placed in, generally, our Field Placement Office will be selecting and setting up the placement in the end.

Your Enrollment Counselor has access to an up-to-date database that tracks requirements and eligibility for all WGU programs and all US states and territories, so a conversation with your Enrollment Counselor can quickly verify this for you based on where you live and your desired program.

The $65 application fee is waived for Per Scholas alumni and employees. Use the waiver code "PERSCHOLAS".

All Per Scholas alumni and employeeswill receive a 5% discount ontuitionby communicating with your Enrollment Counselorthat you are a Per Scholas alumni.

Per Scholas and WGU are actively working to secure scholarships for Per Scholas alumni.Seegeneral WGU scholarships here. Per Scholas employees should inquire about tuitionbenefits packages within their company’s Human Resources department.

If you carry debt from any previous college or defaulted student loans, this does notnecessarily preclude you from enrolling at WGU. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor atWGU about financial considerations as you move forward with your application.

There is a one-time program fee and resource fee that students pay upon enrollment at WGU. There are no additional book or lab fees associated with the courses.Students will need to have stable internet access in order to do the coursework. Pleaserefer to the applicable WGU program page for more information.

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What degree is best for teaching? ›

Here are some of the majors you might consider.
  • Education. As an education major you will explore what education entails and how to improve it, often with a focus on public K-12 education. ...
  • STEM. ...
  • Psychology. ...
  • Sociology. ...
  • History. ...
  • English/Liberal arts. ...
  • General tips to becoming a teacher.
May 5, 2023

Are teachers with masters degrees more effective? ›

Over and over again, research finds that teachers with master's degrees are rarely more effective than teachers without them. Also true, most teachers (59 percent) accumulate debt in their pursuit of a master's degree. One analysis, that uses data from eight years ago, reports an average debt of nearly $38,000!

How long is an online Masters? ›

An online master's degree usually takes two to three years to complete, depending on the credit requirements and the pace of the coursework. The average master's degree program will require 36 to 48 credits, but they can range anywhere from 30 to 72 credits.

Which is the best online master's degree? ›

2023 Best Online Master's Degrees
RankSchoolSalary Score
# 1#1 Georgia Institute of Technology93 93
# 2#2 Norwich University75
# 3#3 The University of Scranton73
# 4#4 Concordia University - Chicago71
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Can I get a masters with a 2.3 GPA? ›

Even if you have a GPA of 2.5 or lower, you can still get into grad school.

Do employers care if masters was online? ›

Do employers accept online degrees? In general, employers should treat an online degree the same as they would a campus-based degree. Most employers care far more about the quality of the school than the delivery format of the degree.

Are online degrees respected by employers? ›

If an online degree comes from a regionally or nationally accredited school, employers will know that it is reputable. ADVERTIsem*nT. Featured or trusted partner programs and all school search, finder, or match results are for schools that compensate us.

Can you do an online Masters while working full-time? ›

Yes, it is possible to do a masters while working full time. The trade-off is that it takes a much longer time to get a degree in many cases.

What do teachers usually get their Masters in? ›

1. Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. With a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, you could be a math coordinator, reading specialist, or curriculum coordinator. In some school districts, specialists are on the same pay scale as teachers or receive a stipend.

What percentage of teachers have Masters degrees? ›

Comparing Some of the Top Teacher Master's Degree Options Teachers love to learn. In fact, an estimated 52% of the nation's 3.3 million public school teachers have a masters' degree or higher. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 57% of public school teachers hold a postbaccalaureate degree (i.e.,…

Why would a teacher get their Masters? ›

A Master's in Teaching opens so many opportunities to advance your career, whether you want to work in curriculum design, education technology, special education, or educational leadership. Many of these roles require additional knowledge beyond what you get in an undergraduate program.

Are online master's degrees easier to get? ›

Even though getting into online Master's degree programs could be easier than brick and mortar programs, you still need to set yourself up for success. Online programs require a lot of intrinsic motivation and will be quite different than an on-campus program.

Is an online Masters the same as in person? ›

For online master's degree programs, the content and quality of the curriculum is the same as on-campus. However, the course material is typically taught through a series of online lectures, with forums for online discussions and assignments.

Do you have to say online degree on resume? ›

Strategy 2: Omit the “Online” descriptor on your resume.

Of course, you should be truthful if asked whether your degree was earned on campus or online; if you are asked this question, take the opportunity to explain the ways that online learning makes you a unique candidate.

What do you call a college teacher without a PhD? ›

However, you are addressing an instructor who is not a professor and does not have a PhD (such as a TA or lab instructor) you can call them “Mr.” or “Ms”.

Can you be a professor without a PhD? ›

While most universities and 4-year colleges require full-time professors to hold a doctorate in their given field to teach and/or conduct research, other postsecondary teachers may be hired with a master's degree or lower.

Can a teacher with a Masters be called professor? ›

Yes, you can be a professor with a master's degree.

The primary qualifications for landing an entry-level professor position ultimately depend on the school. Some professor positions require just a master's degree (6-year program), whereas others require a doctorate (8-year program).

Is a Masters in education the same as a Masters in teaching? ›

The primary distinction is that the master's in teaching focuses more directly on teaching and classroom management. In contrast, the master's in education is a broader degree, applicable to a classroom career but also to jobs in administration, curriculum development, and education policy.

Can I teach college without a degree? ›

While most public school teaching positions do not require a master's degree, it's increasingly common for teachers to pursue master's degrees to increase their chances of getting hired. If you want to be a college professor , you'll likely need to get a master's degree or doctorate.

What is the difference between a professor and a lecturer? ›

Lecturers typically teach only undergraduate students in a university or college. As many don't have a postgraduate degree in their core subject or field, they may not have the right qualifications to teach graduate school courses. Professors typically require either a master's degree or a Ph.

Does a masters degree mean you can teach? ›

There are quite a few people who wish to teach at a college or university, and they may not have time in their lives for a full doctorate. Teachers at most college hold doctorates, but there are many instances in which teachers with a master's degree may work at that level.

How to become a teacher in MA without an education degree? ›

Professional Teaching License

Candidates who hold a bachelor's degree may also obtain Massachusetts teacher certification by completing an approved post-graduate program that includes teacher preparation. Alternative programs such as these can be completed in as little as one year as a certificate.

What is the difference between an MS in education and an MA in education? ›

There is a big difference between a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Education. In a nutshell, a masters of science degree focuses on practical skills while a masters of arts degree focuses on theoretical research.

Which is better masters of arts or Science? ›

Choosing between an MA or MS

If your career goals require additional scientific education or specific technical training, then an MS degree may be your best course of action. If your career goals require a deeper theoretical or critical knowledge of an industry, then an MA degree may be your best course of action.

What is the difference between Masters of Science and Master of Science? ›

The correct way to spell master's degree is with the apostrophe. The s in master's indicates a possessive (the degree of a master), not a plural. If you're speaking of a specific degree, you should capitalize master and avoid creating a possessive: Master of Science.

What is the meaning of MSc in education? ›

MSc = Masters of Sciences; MBA = Masters of Business Administration; MPhil = Masters of Philosophy: Advanced research Masters degree; MRes = Masters of Research: Contains some taught and research elements; LLM = Masters of Law.

How do you write your name with a master's degree in education? ›

When adding your master's degree to your business card or signature, you can use either your full name or initials followed by your degree. For example: John Smith, Ph.

Is it worth getting a masters in Science? ›

Earning your master's degree has many advantages. It can lead to higher salaries, advanced career opportunities, higher-level subject knowledge, and a feeling of accomplishment.

Is a Science degree harder than an arts degree? ›

Generally, a BS degree requires more credits than a BA degree because a BS degree is more focused in the specific major. Students are required to focus on studying their major at a more in-depth level. Students have fewer chances to take classes outside of their major.

Is Masters of Art worth it? ›

A Master of Arts degree can lead you to advancements in your field, help you hone your skills, and set you up to become a lifelong learner. It may also help you if you're interested in careers in fields like education, human services, and journalism.

How many years is a Master degree? ›

Master's degrees typically take two years to complete, but the timeframe can vary from person to person. Depending on your degree program and whether you're going to school full-time or part-time, it could take you less time to get your master's degree – or more.

Is A Master of Science higher than a PhD? ›

After earning a master's degree, the next step is a PhD, which entails both working and performing research at an institution. A PhD is an abbreviation for “Doctor of Philosophy.” It is the highest academic degree one can achieve.

What is Master of Science equal to? ›

An MSc, or Master of Science, is the European equivalent of the American MS degree, also called Master of Science. Both are considered STEM degrees, focusing on science, engineering, technology, mathematics, and medicine.

Which is better MSc or MSci? ›

Don't confuse the MSc with the MSci. The latter is actually a longer undergraduate programme that eventually awards a Masters-level degree (as an integrated Masters). It stands for 'Master in Science' (as opposed to 'Master of Science').

How do you refer to someone with a masters degree? ›

Although some individuals may refer to themselves as a master's candidate, the correct terminology is master's student, as the title of candidate only applies to doctoral students. This is because candidacy doesn't exist within academia at the master's level, and instead, only Ph. D.

Can I put letters after my name with a Master's degree? ›

Post-nominal letters should be listed in the following order: Civil honours. Military honours. Appointments (e.g. MP, QC)
Guidance on Post-Nominal Letters.
Award LevelAward TypeAbbreviation
Postgraduate AwardsPostgraduate DiplomaPGDip
Master's DegreesMaster of ArtsMA
Master of Business AdministrationMBA
Master of DesignMDes
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Do you put masters credentials after your name? ›

“The only academic credentials (degrees) that you should list after your name at the top of the résumé should be doctorate level degrees, such as MD, DO, DDS, DVM, PhD, and EdD. A master's degree or bachelor's degree should never be included after your name.

Can you put letters after your name if you have a masters? ›

Academic Education – Although a student should be proud when he or she earns a certificate degree, associate degree or bachelor's degree, these academic degrees don't merit letters. It's acceptable to use more advanced degrees, such as a master's or doctorate.

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