"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
How Competency-Based Education Benefits You
Put Your Existing Knowledge to Work
Western Governors University 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.
With few exceptions, you’ll be able to choose when and where you study.
You’ll complete as much work as YOU choose during each six-month term.
You’ll collaborate with your Faculty Mentor to determine the learning resources that will help you develop and demonstrate your competency in each subject area.
You’ll be required to complete at least 12 CUs per term for bachelor's degree programs and 8 CUs per term for graduate degree programs in order to make On Time Progress. If you choose to and are able, you can add courses and move more quickly through your program.
How Much Will It Cost?
Less Than You Think
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.
Cost of Earning a Degree
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.
Tuition and Fees
For this program, a full course load is 12 competency units (credit hours) per term – each course generally represents three or four competency units.
$2,890: Tuition per 6-Month Term
$145: Resource Fee per 6-Month Term
$65: One-Time Application Fee
$1,000: One-Time Demonstration Teaching Fee
WGU's online B.A. — Mathematics degree program is designed to be affordable for hard-working adults with bills to pay.
WGU’s B.A. — Mathematics degree program is about half the cost of a comparable program at another online university. An online teaching degree at a traditional university can cost close to $50,000 while a typical four-year bachelor's degree program at WGU is less than $24,000.
Tuition Comparison: B.A. in Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) degree
Grand Canyon University
Rio Salado College
$2,890 per six month term. If it takes four years = $23,120
Total cost for this course = $52,750
125-131 credit hours x $215 per credit hour = $26,875 - $28,165
*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.
Same Accreditation as State Universities and Private Colleges
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.
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.
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.
"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace."
James Dye, WGU Alumnus
How a Course Works
Prove What You Know and Move Forward
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 the subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.
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.
Should I consider financial aid?
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
to learn more.