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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. Your program, however, will be flexible enough to fit into your lifestyle, not the other way around.
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Standard Time to Completion: 1 1/2 to 2 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 who commit 20 hours or more per week to their studies 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)
Total Projected Tuition*: $11,560 (may vary)
* Projected tuition is based on an estimate of 2 years (4 terms) for completion of
this program. Time to completion varies greatly by student.
Demonstration Teaching (student teaching) fee: $1,000 ($100 application fee + $900 fee)
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.
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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.
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Talk to an Enrollment Counselor to learn what financial aid may be available to you.
A personal evaluation of your transcripts from prior colleges is required prior to admission. While you cannot transfer credits directly towards completion of this program, your transcripts will be used to determine whether you have the necessary social science academic content background for enrollment.
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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. WGU is:
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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.
Before beginning the Demonstration Teaching (student teaching) portion of the degree program, you must also meet specific admissions requirements for the state in which you reside. These can include state-specific basic skills tests (such as the PRAXIS I and/or II). Registering
and paying for these tests may be your responsibility. You are required to meet these state-specific requirements prior to beginning the Foundations of Teaching domain of study.
(There may also be additional requirements that apply before you are permitted into an actual classroom to practice teach.)
Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to better understand what is required of you.
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