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December 28, 2022

Competency-Based Education EBook

An overview by Dr. Verna Lowe

In this article, readers can download a free pdf ebook providing a high-level overview of competency-based education at the WGU School of Education and Teachers College. It covers the basic structure, specialized faculty roles, and benefits, and also does a little myth busting.

Throughout its 25-year history, Western Governors University has offered a model of education called Competency-Based Education. There are many benefits to this model, for students, the institution, and its faculty and staff.

While competency-based education has gained tremendously in popularity in the past ten years, many still have questions about how it works. In the simplest terms, competency-based education differs from traditional education because it measures learning not seat time.

Dr. Verna Lowe, Associate Dean and Academic Director of Elementary and Special Education Programs in the WGU School of Education is offering this free ebook to provide anyone with an overview of how competency-based education works, and the many benefits it can offer.

In this brief, but informative overview Dr. Lowe will share:

  • A quick overview of WGU
  • The basics of competency-based education
  • Specialized faculty roles used in this model
  • The benefits of competency-based education for students
  • The benefits of competency-based education for institutions
  • Myth busting some misconceptions about competency-based education
  • Advice for institutions looking to get started in this model of education

Please enjoy the read. Just click to download, no need to register.

If you are a conference organizer and would like to invite Dr. Lowe to present, or if you are a member of the media interested in interviewing Dr. Lowe, please reach out to Mark Toth, Senior Communications Representative at

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