Programs in Special Education

WGU's online special education degree programs were designed to produce highly competent, prepared special education professionals who are ready for the increasing challenges of inclusive and exclusive classrooms. The WGU Teachers College offers two special education degree options: a bachelor’s degree that leads to special education teacher certification and a master’s degree for licensed teachers who are interested in moving into special education instruction.

If You Are Seeking Initial Teacher Licensure:

Training to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.This program teaches you the content knowledge and effective teaching skills to be an educator for students with mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities.

If You Are a Current, Licensed Teacher:

Master’s degree with special education licensure for already-licensed teachers. This program prepares you to effectively teach in classrooms with students who have mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities.

Online special education degrees to fill the need

The need for special education teachers is greater than ever. To address this growing concern, the WGU Teachers College offers two NCATE-accredited online special education degree programs designed for current or aspiring special education teachers who wish to fulfill this vital role in their community.

NCATE Accreditation


WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its online teaching degree programs, a testament that WGU candidates "have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn."

Read more about our NCATE accreditation

About the WGU Teachers College

WGU offers challenging online teaching degree programs for both current and aspiring teachers. Because WGU is a nonprofit online university founded by 19 U.S. governors, you’ll benefit from both a superior online degree program and lower tuition.

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