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Master of Science in Special Education (K-12)

Program Details

The M.S. in Special Education (K–12) is designed for licensed teachers with bachelor’s degrees who are interested in moving into special education instruction. This challenging program combines components of special education with instructional design principles that equip you to teach students with mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities. You will be fully prepared to fill this crucial teaching position.

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 the cost of other reputable online universities. Your tuition goes toward your education, not to shareholders.
  • Competency Based—An innovative learning model, designed for adult learners like you, that measures learning, not time spent in class.
  • Respected—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.

Requirements

The program includes a practicum with in-class supervised teaching.

The program requires a total of 31 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Admission requirements:

  • 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.