Earn your science teaching certificate without the commitment of a master's degree through this one-year, graduate-level, non-degree program aimed at students with a background in science but not education.
You will study science education topics, gain classroom experience, and earn certification in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth/space science. You will earn initial T-4 certification to teach science in grades 6-12 in your subject area of choice.
You can upgrade your certification later through our MEd in Science Education. If you are interested in earning advanced T-5 certification immediately, consider our MAT in Science Education.
You will take courses in educational psychology, special education, and science education, including practical experiences in both middle and high school science classrooms and a full-time, semester-long student teaching experience.
Students must be full-time for two academic-year semesters in order to complete the coursework required for certification.
If your undergraduate degree doesn't relate closely to science, you may need to take one or more undergraduate-level science courses before starting our certification program. Based on your background, additional science courses may be required. Please refer to the program resources.
Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.
Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.
Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
Members of each cohort in the program customarily form a very close and mutually supportive community and often establish close professional relationships or even maintain lifelong friendships with their peers and/or supervisors.
Some courses enroll students from other degrees in science education and sometimes other teaching fields who are experienced full-time teachers. Typically this lends great richness and relevance to the peer discussions that take place in sessions of these courses.
After the full-time requirements are completed, most additional required courses are scheduled during the summer semester and an increasing number are available wholly or partly online.
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