Bachelor of Arts in Special Education & Elementary Education (Dual Licensure)
Western Governors University

Program Details

WGU offers an affordable, online Bachelor of Arts degree program in Special Education and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure). In addition to general education requirements, curriculum for this program includes teaching fundamentals, behavioral management, special education law and legal issues, and psychoeducational assessment practices and IEP development and implementation. This program includes a 12–20 week in-classroom teaching experience, and prepares students for licensure in all 50 states. In states where dual licensure is available, this program leads to certification in both special education (K–12) and elementary education. WGU’s Teachers College is CAEP-accredited.

WGU holds the same accreditation as many state universities. With unparalleled online flexibility, students can complete most of their coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedule. Students also benefit from WGU's competency-based learning model, which lets them pass most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation.

*WGU cannot currently accept applicants who are residents of California. 

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

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

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.

Additional Information

The WGU Teachers College is the first competency-based online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

Additionally, the teacher licensure programs offered through the WGU Teachers College have been awarded full accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) through June 30, 2026.

Restricted States

California