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.
Accredited—WGU is the first exclusively online teacher education institute to be approved by NCATE (now CAEP). 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 a total of 30 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
A copy of a valid teaching license
Official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited university
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.
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