The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Elementary Education program is a competency-based program that enables teacher candidates to earn an elementary educationteaching certificate online (except for the in-classroom component demonstration teaching, and in-classroom field experiences prior to demonstration teaching). This program consists of three balanced areas of study, performance- and competency-based assessments, and the creation of a professional portfolio. This program includes clinical experiences that prepare teacher candidates for the classroom. Candidates develop and refine their teaching skills through a series of sequential experiences beginning with video-based observations of classroom instruction. Observations prepare candidates for an authentic, collaborative pre-clinical teaching experiences in an elementary setting. Clinical experiences culminate with supervised demonstration teaching in a real classroom.
*WGU cannot currently accept applicants who are residents of California.
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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)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Official College Transcript(s)
- 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.