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WGU’s online master’s degree program in special education will prepare to fill a vital role, teaching students with mild-to-moderate cross-categorical disabilities. The M.S. in Special Education (K-12) program will enhance your teaching skills and provide you with instructional design skills to help you meet the special needs of your students.
Note: WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates "have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn."
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.
This online master's degree program in Special Education (K-12) requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge to teach special education, as well as the completion of a capstone project.
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The online M.S. in Special Education (K-12) degree program also requires the successful completion of a capstone project.
The capstone project is the culmination of your degree program and a chance to showcase what you've learned. You'll work with areal-world situation, developing and proposing a solution to an actual issue in your field. When you've completed it, you'll be able to share it with your colleagues—it will be a great demonstration of your knowledge and skill in special education.
WGU is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online teaching degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.
Online learning is not easy.
You should expect to work hard and spend 15 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around
The average time it takes to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education (K-12) degree program at WGU is 2 to 2.5 years.
A personal evaluation of your transcripts from prior colleges is required prior to admission.
Ultimately, the pace at which you complete your M.S. in Special Education (K-12) online degree program depends on how rapidly you pass assessments.
It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.
"Whether you're looking for a career change with your bachelor's degree or continuing your education with a master's degree, WGU's Teacher College is a quality choice."
Mrs. Karen Pence,
First Lady of Indiana
WGU was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.
In WGU’s online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.
We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven’t increased tuition since 2008. And because we charge tuition at a flat rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.
You’ll pay the same low tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree.
For this program, you'll be expected to complete 8 competency units (credit hours) per term – each course generally represents three or four competency units. Because we allow you to complete extra courses at no extra cost, you may be able to increase the value of your program by dedicating extra time to your studies.
WGU's online Master's in Special Education (K-12) degree program is designed to be affordable for hardworking adults with bills to pay.
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WGU’s Master of Science in Special Education Degree Program is about half the cost of a comparable program at another online university.
*Note: This chart is for illustration only and reflects the tuition information made public by other institutions and WGU’s standard tuition of $2,890 per term as of February 1, 2015. Tuition for the MBA and nursing programs is higher at $3,250 per term. Actual rates will vary depending on the number of terms needed to complete the program. Check the website for the most current tuition information.
WGU’s financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.
Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.
Western Governors University was the first exclusively online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU has Teachers College graduates working in all 50 states, and has been recognized by the White House as an example of what works in postsecondary education.
Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.
The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that “candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.” This involved intensive interviews with students, faculty, graduates, school district personnel, and education experts, as well as a review of WGU student performance on national performance exams.
An online teaching degree from WGU tells employers that you're serious about success.
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Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:
90% of employers rate the teaching skills of WGU graduates as a very good or excellent.
of employers rate the performance of WGU grads as excellent.
of employers said they would not hesitate to hire another WGU graduate.
of employers agreed that WGU graduates meet or exceed their expectations.
of employers rated WGU grads as equal to or above other employees who graduated from other colleges or universities.
of employers consider WGU graduates strongly prepared for their jobs.
Note: 2013 Survey of Employers by Harris Interactive
You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.
"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace."
James Dye, WGU Alumnus
You set your own pace by demonstrating your skills. In the online degree programs at WGU, you'll advance through each course by first mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in each subject area.
These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn Competency Units (CUs), or credit equivalents.
WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.
Enrollment is easy. View our Enrollment Checklist for the seven easy steps to getting started.
You may also be required to take and pass the WGU Readiness Assessment — a short, multi-part online admissions test that helps determine the likelihood of success in a WGU program.
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You'll be on your way to a successful career. A world of opportunity awaits.
As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our main concern. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs.
Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an
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