Master of Arts Science Education (Geosciences, 5-12)
Our master’s degree in geosciences will enhance your professional prestige. The M.A. in Science Education (Geosciences, 5-12) with its specialization in earth science (geosciences) prepares you for secondary certification to teach high school earth science. You will become a highly qualified earth science (geosciences) teacher prepared with new and better ways to teach.
The M.A. in Science Education, Geosciences program prepares a student to receive an Earth and Space Science 5-12 certification in the state of Washington. Click here for additional details about Washington licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Licensed teachers with a bachelor’s degree who wish to earn secondary certification in earth science (geosciences) as well as a master’s degree.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our online geosciences education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required to earn your Master of Arts in Science Education, Geosciences. The program requires a total of 33 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour. The M.A. in Science Education (Geosciences, 5-12) is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
General Science Content
Home Science Lab
Even though you’ll be studying online, hands-on lab work is a requirement of every WGU science degree program. Upon enrollment, you will be sent a home science lab specific to your chosen area of study. This self-contained laboratory kit includes the lab manual, science equipment, specimens, supplies, and chemicals necessary to complete college lab experiments at home. The experiments reinforce science content and teach you laboratory techniques.
Teacher Work Sample and Oral Defense
The final master's exam will include:
- Teacher Work Sample: A written project containing a comprehensive, original, research based curriculum unit designed to meet an identified educational need. It provides direct evidence of the candidate’s ability to design and implement a multi-week, standards-based unit of instruction, assess student learning, and then reflect on the learning process.
- Oral Defense: This exam may be face-to-face when possible but will most likely be done through a telephone conference. The oral defense will include a presentation (typically PowerPoint) and defense of the Teacher Work Sample (TWS). Candidates will be asked to reflect upon the TWS, note its strengths and weaknesses, discuss its impact on student learning, and suggest future improvements.