RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of the accredited nonprofit Western Governors University, has received approval from the North Carolina State Board of Education for all of its initial teacher licensure preparation programs and an advanced program in educational leadership. The school is the only fully online nonprofit university approved by the Board to offer programs that allow prospective teachers to earn a degree or participate in a Residency License (RL) program, previously known as lateral entry.
WGU has received approval for the following bachelor’s, master’s and Residency License programs:
- Elementary Education
- Middle Grades Math
- Middle Grades Science (bachelor’s only, no RL)
- Secondary Grades English (master’s and RL only)
- Secondary Grades Math
- Secondary Grades Biology
- Secondary Grades Chemistry
- Secondary Grades Earth Science
- Special Education: General Curriculum (bachelor’s only, no RL)
- School Administrator-Principal (master’s only)
WGU’s Teachers College is granted accreditation at the initial-licensure level from CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, 1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20036, (202) 223-0077. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. CAEP accreditation ensures the very highest quality rigor in education programs.
WGU’s affordable tuition of approximately $7,000 per year and flexible learning model make it possible for busy adults to earn an accredited degree on a tight schedule. The University also offers numerous scholarships for qualified students. Currently, more than 3,500 students are enrolled throughout North Carolina, including nearly 600 in the Teachers College working toward their bachelor’s or master’s degrees in education.
“We are extremely pleased to have been notified by the Department of Public Instruction of the State Board of Education’s initial authorization of Educator Preparation Program approval,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “WGU has been educating working adults nationwide for over two decades and preparing them for rewarding career changes or advancement.”