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.

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.

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of AR, DE, IA, MO, ND, NM, NJ, RI, PA, WA, VI.