Master of Arts in Teaching / Elementary Education
Western Governors University

Program Details

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. The M.A. in Teaching, Elementary Education is designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree, 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 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.

*WGU cannot currently accept applicants who are residents of California. 

% Online

100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is accredited by:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

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.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Applicaton Requirements

Interview, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • This program includes a student teaching component.

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.

Restricted States

California