Master of Arts in Teaching Social Science (5-12)
Please note: WGU is no longer enrolling new students in this program. Instead, we recommend you explore our other teacher certification programs.
Become a social science teacher and earn your master’s degree online. The online social science master’s degree combines preparation for licensure as a middle school or high school social science teacher with coursework to earn a master’s degree. You will become a highly qualified social science teacher prepared to meet state and national teaching standards.
WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.
The M.A. in Teaching, Social Science program prepares a student to receive a Secondary Social Studies, Grades 5-12 license in the state of Washington. Click here for additional details about Washington licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (preferably in one of the social science disciplines), want to become a certified middle school or high school social science teacher, and earn a master’s degree.
- Unlicensed teachers, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others with bachelor’s degrees who feel the call to teach.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn more about how your program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our social science teaching program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This online master's degree program in social science requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge to become a licensed teacher, as well as practice teaching in an actual classroom and the completion of a capstone project. The M.A. in Teaching, Social Science is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Teaching
Teacher Education Diversity
Instructional Planning and Presentation
Social Science Pedagogy
Demonstration Teaching (includes practice teaching)
Experience in a classroom is an invaluable part of becoming a highly qualified teacher. Your in-classroom experience will help you elevate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you’ve developed into a practical way of effectively and confidently tackling the challenges of your own classroom.
The online M.A. in Teaching Social Science also requires the successful completion of a professional portfolio.
Your professional portfolio is something to be proud of – it will include your resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your program and demonstration teaching. You'll take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation by recommending strategies for effectively handling actual issues you'll face in the workplace.