To help meet the urgent nationwide need for elementary school teachers, WGU offers an affordable, accredited, online Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education. The program prepares students to earn a teaching license and a master’s degree. Curriculum includes theoretical and practical application of teaching methodology, lesson planning, and classroom management. A 12–20 week in-classroom teaching experience is incorporated. This program is designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree. WGU’s M.A. in Teaching, Elementary Education is accredited, and leads to initial teacher licensure in all 50 states.
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 WGU's 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.
The program includes a student teaching component.
The program requires a total of 49 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
Provide 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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