To help meet the urgent nationwide need for more mild to moderate special education teachers, WGU offers an affordable, online Bachelor of Arts degree program in Special Education (Mild to Moderate). In addition to general education requirements, curriculum for this program includes behavioral support strategies, instructional planning, and instructional strategies and technologies for K–12 learners with mild to moderate exceptionalities. The B.A. Special Education (Mild to Moderate) includes a 12–20 week in-classroom teaching experience, and leads to initial teacher licensure in all 50 states. 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 the 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.
The program includes a student teaching component.
The program requires a total of 138 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
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.
This program is not authorized for residents of AR, DE, IA, MO, ND, NM, NJ, RI, PA, WA, VI.
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