Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program, Social Science (5-12) - Leads to Teacher Licensure
Please note: WGU is no longer enrolling new students in this program. Instead, we recommend you explore our other teacher certification programs.
Have a bachelor’s degree and looking to become a social science teacher? The online social science teacher certification program is the fastest way to earn your social science teaching license. You’ll become a highly qualified teacher prepared to teach middle school or high school social science.
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 Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation, 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) and want to become a certified middle school or high school social science teacher.
- 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 how your program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our social science education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This online degree program requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge you need to become a licensed teacher, as well as supervised practice teaching in an actual classroom and the completion of a professional portfolio. The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program in 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)
In-classroom experience 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 Post-Baccalaureate Social Science (5-12) Teacher Preparation Program 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.