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Program Details

Become an English teacher and earn your master’s degree online. The online English master’s degree combines preparation for licensure as a middle school or high school English teacher with coursework to earn a master’s degree. You will become a highly qualified English teacher prepared to meet state and national teaching standards with the credentials to set you apart from day one.

WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.

Who the Program is For:

  • Individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree, with a major in English or the equivalent, who want to become certified middle grades or secondary school teachers and earn a master's degree.
  • Unlicensed teachers, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others with bachelor’s degrees who feel the call to teach.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
  • This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring.

The English education program is developed with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on the school's Education Program Council. In this online master’s degree in English education, you’ll learn all the essential skills and knowledge needed. This program includes the following areas of study, supervised practice teaching in an actual classroom, and completion of a capstone project.

Requirements

The program requires a total of 32 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.

Before beginning the Demonstration Teaching (student teaching) portion of the degree program, you must also meet specific admissions requirements for the state in which you reside. These can include state-specific basic skills tests (such as the PRAXIS I and/or II). Registering and paying for these tests may be your responsibility. You are required to meet these state-specific requirements prior to beginning the Foundations of Teaching domain of study.

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)