Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Mild to Moderate)
Western Governors University

Program Details

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.

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

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Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is accredited by:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

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.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

High School or Equivalent

Applicaton Requirements

Interview, Official High School Transcript/GED Score

Additional Info

  • The program includes a student teaching component

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