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Master of Arts in English Language Learning (PreK-12)

Program Details

The M.A. in Teaching, English (5-12) is a great way for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree—preferably in English—to become certified middle or high school teachers and earn their master’s degree at the same time. 

This challenging program provides you with the essential skills, knowledge, foundations of teaching, and teaching practices you need to become an effective school teacher. At the same time, the program incorporates additional elements necessary to earn a master’s degree. As part of this program, you will also complete a supervised student teaching segment which is designed to give you invaluable in-classroom experience.

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.
  • NCATE Accredited—WGU is the first exclusively online teacher education institute to be approved by NCATE. The university is also regionally accredited.
  • Affordable and Nonprofit—Tuition is less than half what you'll be charged at other online universities. Your tuition goes toward your education, not to shareholders.
  • Competency Based—An innovative learning model, designed for adult learners, that measures learning, not time spent in class.
  • Respected and Recognized—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.


The program requires the completion of 30 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

To be admitted into this Teachers College program, you need to submit an official transcript verifying receipt of a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited institution. You are also required to possess a current, valid teaching license. WGU recommends, but does not require, six credit hours (one year) of college-level foreign language study. However, students are expected to fulfill their state’s specific language requirements before starting the program.

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 is the first online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 
WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). WGU's nursing programs are CCNE accredited  (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)