Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Elementary Education
Western Governors University

Program Details

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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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

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