STEM Education Degrees: Preparing Teachers to Help Texas Excel

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WGU Texas is proud to follow in the footsteps of its parent institution and be a leader in offering high quality, rigorous graduate degree programs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educators. According to a recent study conducted by education research and consulting group Eduventures, Western Governors University (WGU) was the nation's largest provider of master's degree programs in math education. In addition, WGU was the third largest provider of master's degrees in science education and fourth largest provider of bachelor's degrees in math education. WGU institutions are also top providers of bachelor's and master's degrees in science education, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, and Earth Sciences.

Teachers considering this investment in themselves will be pleased to know the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has recognized Western Governors University's Teachers College for its quality in a new report, the "NCTQ Teacher Prep Review." WGU was the only online university to be included in the NCTQ's Honor Roll, which was based on ratings of more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. The NCTQ evaluated the teacher preparation programs of these institutions for alignment with national standards for content, pedagogy, classroom experiences, and outcomes, and based on these criteria, WGU earned three out of four stars. WGU was specifically recognized for its student teaching best practices.

Why STEM education? Research points to a growing demand for all college graduates to have STEM skills in order to get jobs that offer good living wages. And, speaking of employment, a recent article in USA Today showed teachers earning master's degrees have record low unemployment of less than 1.5 percent. The report states that school districts are increasingly requiring the graduate credential and many are offering in excess of $50,000 a year to teachers with it.

So, when choosing to pursue a master's degree in STEM education, licensed teachers are potentially making a sound investment in their future career, and a strong investment in the future of Texas.

WGU Texas wants to support that choice for the betterment of our state and is pleased to offer the Teacher Education Achievement Scholarship for teachers pursuing graduate teaching degrees. These scholarships, each valued up to $2,000, are designed for those who wish to earn a master's degree in education. The scholarship application is open through August with instructions to apply here.

To prepare the next generation for STEM skills we need top notch STEM educators. WGU Texas offers those ready and willing to do the work the way to be among these education leaders in Texas.

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