WGU Indiana students seeking a degree from WGU’s teacher licensure and graduate programs are now backed by two accreditations from WGU’s Teachers College, which was recently awarded full seven-year accreditation in recognition of program quality for their teacher licensure programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). WGU was one of nine universities recognized for early adoption of the AAQEP standards, which promote excellence and innovation in educator preparation programs. WGU is also the first educator preparation provider in the U.S. to be awarded full, seven-year accreditation from both the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and AAQEP. WGU received CAEP accreditation in 2018.
In 2018, 21% of WGU Indiana’s student population were seeking a degree in teaching. To date, more than 1400 students have graduated from WGU Indiana with a teaching degree.
“There is a need for more highly trained and licensed teachers not just in Indiana but across the U.S., and our licensure and graduate programs offer prospective teachers an accessible education and pathway to hiring,” said Alison Bell, Chancellor of WGU Indiana. “At all levels, WGU is working to differentiate and support education for our current and future educators because their commitment to learning directly affects are next generation of leaders.”
AAQEP was founded in 2017 by leaders in educator preparation and quality assurance from across the US who have shared interests in strengthening P–20 education through the preparation of excellent educators. The AAQEP’s system, which now has members in 15 states with more than 80 providers pursuing accreditation, is designed to honor local context and foster innovation and collaboration among institutions.
Established in 2003 with the support of the U.S. Department of Education, WGU’s Teachers College prepares teachers for licensure in all 50 states. WGU’s Teachers College, which has graduated more than 38,000 students to date, is a leader in STEM education and a top producer of math and science teachers throughout the nation. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ranked WGU’s secondary math education program in the nation's top one percent.
WGU’s Teachers College initial licensure programs are nationally recognized as meeting the professional standards for teachers as defined by TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), ACEI (American Association of Childhood Education International), NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), and NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English).