Graduate Certificate

Secondary Science Education

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online Secondary Science Education Graduate Certificate program for teachers licensed in areas outside of secondary science education in the state of Tennessee who desire to gain the credentials to teach secondary science.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Increase Your Knowledge & Skill to Teach Secondary Science

The Secondary Science Education graduate certificate can be tailored to serve a variety of education career goals. For K-12 teachers licensed in areas other than biology, physics, or other science discipline, this graduate certificate can be used towards earning an additional endorsement in Secondary Science Education. For K-12 teachers licensed in secondary science education at the undergraduate level, non-licensed professionals who work in informal education settings, and others who engage in high school science education instructional opportunities, this graduate certificate provides advanced coursework specifically designed to enhance capacities for designing equity-focused secondary science instruction. 


Featured Courses

Students in the Secondary Science Education Graduate Certificate program are required to successfully complete two required courses and two elective courses, such as the following courses: 

SCED 496: Teaching Science in the Secondary School

Methods, materials, recent trends in science and environmental education programs for secondary schools.

TPTE 540: Topics in Improvement of Instruction

Special conferences, workshops, and in-service programs.

SCED 565: Instructional Trends & Issues in Science Education

Analysis of current trends in science instruction, instructional issues facing elementary, secondary, and community college science teachers, and application of learning theory to teaching biological, physical, and environmental sciences.

SCED 550: Classroom Assessment & Evaluation Techniques

Explores the theoretical and practical aspects of summative and formative assessment techniques used in science classrooms across grade levels.

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Start Today on Your Journey to Teach Secondary Science!