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Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (K-12)

Program Details

The B.A. in Special Education (K–12) is designed to prepare you to become a certified special education teacher. The program is a good fit for unlicensed substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others who feel the call to teach.

This challenging program teaches the content knowledge and effective teaching skills necessary to become a special education instructor for students with mild to moderate disabilities. As part of this program, you will also complete a supervised student teaching component designed to give you invaluable in-classroom experience.

Note: This degree is a cross-categorical model for initial certification. In some states, this program leads to dual licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education.

Western Governors University is:

  • Challenging—The ideal student is a motivated self-starter who can commit at least 15 to 20 hours per week to their studies.
  • Accredited—WGU is the first exclusively online teacher education institute to be approved by NCATE (now CAEP). The university is also regionally accredited.
  • Affordable and Nonprofit—Tuition is less than half the cost of other reputable online universities. Your tuition goes toward your education, not to shareholders.
  • Competency Based—An innovative learning model, designed for adult learners like you, that measures learning, not time spent in class.
  • Respected—Your degree coursework is relevant and up-to-date because it’s designed and developed in collaboration with industry experts.
  • Flexible and Online—With no set class times, you can log in and learn anytime, anywhere.

Requirements

The program includes a student teaching component.

The program requires a total of 138 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Admission requirements:

  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Official transcripts of all prior academic work completed at community colleges, colleges, or universities you’ve attended
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Meet any program-specific admissions requirements
  • Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

WGU's Teachers College is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 7 years, from 2012 to 2019.

WGU’s Teachers College is eligible and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in spring 2018.