While Western Governors’ University has only been in existence for twenty years, it has already built an extensive portfolio of online degree programs. This nonprofit institution was founded in 1995 by state governors looking to change the way education could better the lives of their citizens. WGU is an all-online, competency-based university, which means their degrees are granted for what students learn rather than how much time they spend in school.
The extremely affordable BA in special education program available at Western Governors’ University leads to teacher certification for K-12 teachers working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. It may be right for you if you’re in a number of career situations, including:
- Individuals who need a bachelor’s degree and want to become a certified special education teacher
- Unlicensed teachers, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others who feel the call to teach
- Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
The degree requires the completion of online coursework, practice teaching in a supervised setting, and a professional teaching portfolio. If you’ve taken courses or received a degree from another college or university, you may be able to clear some of the course requirements through transfer credit. Western Governors’ University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.