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WGU does not rely upon classes in the traditional sense. We don’t base your progress on accumulating credit hours, but rather on completing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in a subject area. We ask you to "prove you know your stuff." You’ll study. You’ll write papers. You’ll take tests. You’ll complete assignments.
Here’s how it works:
It’s your program.
Online learning isn’t easy. You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or
more per week on your studies. But your program will be flexible enough to fit into
your lifestyle, not the other way around.
Learn more about why you should choose WGU.
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Standard Time to Completion: 2 to 3 years.
WGU’s competency-based approach results in degree completion times that can vary
from student to student. The amount of time it will take you depends upon three factors:
Many students proceed faster than the normal pace designed into each program. But
don’t assume doing so is easy. WGU programs are quite rigorous. The pace at which
you complete your WGU program depends upon how quickly you are able to take and
pass the required assessments. Successful students can commit 20 hours or more per
week to their studies and are often able to complete their programs more quickly.
Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for a personalized estimate of your time to completion.
Basic Tuition: $2,890 per six-month term
Resource Fee: $145 per six-month term (non-refundable)
Application Fee: $65 (one time)
Science Lab Fee: $350 (one time)
You pay for the time, not the credits. Tuition is charged at a flat rate every six months and covers all coursework attempted in that time. A full-time load for this degree program is at least 8 competency units (credit equivalents) per six-month term. Whether you complete more or fewer units, you are charged the same flat rate.
You have a significant advantage if you have extensive experience in your chosen
field and the time to take on a substantial course load. If you
can shorten the time it takes for you to complete your degree, you pay less.
Here’s an example:
How does tuition compare to other online schools? Very favorably. Our tuition is typically half what other reputable online universities charge. Other schools charge as much as $600 per credit, which can ultimately cost between $15,000 and $30,000 for programs of this nature. Plus, at WGU you have the benefit of cost savings if you can complete your program faster.
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Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify.
Some types of loans are based on financial need; however, one type of loan is available to most students. And because tuition is low, you should be able to finish your degree without large education debts.
Learn more about financial aid
Talk to an Enrollment Counselor to learn what financial aid may be available to you.
Credibility is a critical factor when considering an online degree program. Accreditation
is a key indicator of a university’s credibility among both academia and employers.
Learn more about accreditation.
Our focus on competency development is also valued by employers. As a graduate of WGU, you’ll have a valued credential that is recognized by employers. You can learn more about how employers view WGU graduates by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.
To be admitted into this Teachers College program, you need to submit an official transcript verifying receipt of a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited institution. You are also required to possess a current, valid teaching license.
Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to better understand what is required of you.
More info about Teachers College admissions requirements
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