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Teachers College performance—an impressive class of graduates.

WGU is a pathway for independent achievers to reach their career goals.

The Teachers College at Western Governors University is granted accreditation at the initial-licensure level from CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. WGU is the first competency-based online university to receive CAEP accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure.
Teacher's College Western Governors University

Our graduates go on to lead classrooms and schools with innovative insights they gained from their competency-based education at WGU.

Graduates of the WGU Teachers College include not only many Teacher of the Year recipients, but also recipients of the Gates Millenium Scholarship, Intel Grant for Mathematics and Technology, Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award, Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, Association of Public Charter Schools Educator of the Year Award, and Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards.

Our programs are nationally recognized.

The following programs are nationally recognized by their respective Specialized Professional Association (SPA):

  • TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) for our English-language learning programs (M.A. and endorsement preparation).
  • NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) for all our math education programs that lead to initial teacher licensure (B.S. and MAT).
  • ACEI (American Association of Childhood Education International) for our elementary education programs (B.S., post-baccalaureate, and MAT).
  • NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) for all our science education programs that lead to initial teacher licensure (B.S. and MAT).
  • NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English) for our MAT English Education program.

Our programs share CAEP Annual Measures of Student and Gradate Performance with the public.

Data below are from September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020, unless otherwise noted.

1. Impact on P-12 Learning and Development

Completer and Employer Surveys: WGU surveys TC completers teaching in their fields 2, 3, and 5 years after graduation to discover how well the program prepared them for the classroom. Employers of these completers are surveyed on the same topic when the completers grant permission and provides contact information. The majority of completer and their employers report that graduates are prepared in the INTASC Standard of Learners and Learning.

Completer Survey Results

In the area of Learners and Learning, my WGU teacher education program prepared me to:

Very Well

Extremely Well

Total

1.  Create a productive learning environment with high expectations for all students.

42.35%

42.74%

85.09%

2.  Adapt instruction to address students’ cultural differences.

41.18%

48.74%

89.92%

3.  Utilize varied strategies to support the development and use of academic language so that all students learn.

44.93%

39.76%

84.69%

4.  Involve all students in self-assessment, goal setting, and monitoring progress.

42.35%

34.39%

76.74%

5.  Provide quality and timely feedback to students.

43.05%

34.86%

77.91%

6.  Adapt instruction that incorporates appropriate strategies, resources, and technologies to meet the learning needs of all students.

42.16%

40.53%

82.69%

Employer Survey Response

In the area of Learners and Learning, how well did the WGU teacher education program prepare the student to:

Very Well

Extremely Well

Total

1.  Create a productive learning environment with high expectations for all students.

30.53%

40.00%

70.53%

2.  Adapt instruction to address students’ cultural differences.

41.05%

25.26%

66.31%

3.  Utilize varied strategies to support the development and use of academic language so that all students learn.

45.26%

26.32%

71.58%

4.  Involve all students in self-assessment, goal setting, and monitoring progress.

46.15%

18.68%

64.83%

5.  Provide quality and timely feedback to students.

45.05%

29.67%

74.72%

6.  Adapt instruction that incorporates appropriate strategies, resources, and technologies to meet the learning needs of all students.

45.05%

28.57%

73.62%

edTPA Pass Rates: Initial Licensure candidates demonstrate they can positivity impact P-12 learning and development through their success on the edTPA exam. The table below shows the number of test takers for each content area and the overall pass rates for academic year 2019-20.

edTPA Content Area

N

Overall 2019/2020

Elementary Education:  Literacy with Math Task 4

365

97%

Elementary Literacy

64

96%

Elementary Math

635

98%

Middle Grades Education

20

92%

Secondary Education 

309

81%

Special Education

367

99%

2. Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness

Completer and Employer Surveys: The majority of completers and employers reported that graduates are prepared in the INTASC Standards of Instructional Planning and Professional Responsibility. 

Instructional Planning

Completer Survey Results

In the area of Instructional Planning, my WGU teacher education program prepared me to:

Very Well

Extremely Well

Total

1.  Plan instruction based on students' prior knowledge, academic readiness, language proficiency, and individual development.

37.80%

44.80%

82.60%

2.  Implement instruction that supports development of critical thinking, inquiry and problem solving.

32.20%

49.00%

81.20%

3.  Use assessment data from a variety of sources to establish learning goals.

36.60%

38.20%

74.80%

4.  Use assessment data to differentiate and modify instruction.

36.80%

37.80%

74.60%

5.  Incorporate multiple perspectives in the subject matter being taught.

39.20%

38.00%

77.20%

6.  Use technology to support and enhance your instruction.

36.20%

40.60%

76.80%

Employer Survey Results

In the area of Instructional Planning, how well did the WGU teacher education program prepared the student to:

Very Well

Extremely Well

Total

1.  Create a productive learning environment with high expectations for all students.

46.67%

24.44%

64.44%

2.  Implement instruction that supports development of critical thinking, inquiry and problem solving.

44.44%

20.00%

73.33%

3.  Use assessment data from a variety of sources to establish learning goals.

52.22%

21.11%

68.89%

4.  Use assessment data to differentiate and modify instruction.

52.22%

16.67%

64.44%

5.  Incorporate multiple perspectives in the subject matter of being taught.

50.00%

14.44%

68.89%

6.  Use technology to support and enhance your instruction.

43.33%

25.56%

64.44%

Professional Responsibilities

Completer Survey Results

In the area of Professional Responsibilities, my WGU teacher education program prepared me to:

Very Well

Extremely Well

Total

1. Plan instruction based on students' prior knowledge, academic readiness, language proficiency, and individual development.

35.81%

49.09%

84.91%

2. Collaborate with colleagues to plan and evaluate instruction.

36.82%

40.24%

77.06%

3. Collaborate with others such as para-educators and other teachers in meeting the needs of ELL's and students with disabilities.

34.81%

34.81%

69.62%

4. Analyze educational research finding to incorporate new information into my practice as appropriate.

40.64%

35.61%

76.26%

5. Engage in professional learning to strengthen my instructional practice.

36.82%

44.67%

81.49%

6.  Reflect on personal and professional biases.

35.61%

49.70%

85.31%

Employer Survey Results

In the area of Professional Responsibilities, how well did the WGU teacher education program prepare the student to:

Very Well

Extremely Well

Total

1.  Create a productive learning environment with high expectations for all students.

48.89%

25.56%

74.45%

2.  Collaborate with colleagues to plan and evaluate instruction.

33.33%

44.11%

77.44%

3.  Collaborate with others such as para-educators and other teachers in meeting the needs of ELLs and students with disabilities.

37.78%

32.22%

70.00%

4.  Analyze educational research findings to incorporate new information into practice as appropriate.

42.22%

16.67%

58.89%

5.  Engage in professional learning to strengthen instructional practice.

38.39%

36.67%

75.06%

6.  Reflect on personal and professional biases.

42.22%

31.11%

73.33%

State Administered Surveys

WGU-TC receives regular reports on completers’ teaching effectiveness from states that administer completer surveys and where we have approved programs. The following are representative sample:

California

Indiana

Tennessee

Final Demonstration Teaching Assessment: WGU uses the edTPA data noted above and the final Demonstration Teaching final evaluation as indicators of Teaching Effectiveness. Both assessments are conducted at the end of the program. Demonstration Teaching data are on a scale of 1=Emerging to 4=Exemplary and reflect cumulative ratings, or all iterations of the assessments taken by all students during the designated data cycle.

Demonstration Teaching Final

Elementary Programs

BA/Elementary Education 

MAT/Elementary Education 

Post Bac/Elementary Education

Special Education Program

BA/Special Education 

Secondary Programs

BS/Mathematics Education (Secondary) 

BS/Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) 

BS/Science Education (Middle Grades) 

BS/Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) 

BS/Science Education (Secondary Chemistry) 

BS/Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) 

BS/Science Education (Secondary Physics) 

MAT/English Education (Secondary) 

MAT/ Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) 

MAT/ Mathematics Education (Secondary) 

MAT/ Science Education (Secondary) 

Overall Pass Rate Fall 2019

 

3.70

3.70

3.75

 

3.55

 

3.31

3.18

2.81

3.53

3.49

3.56

3.75

3.59

3.49

3.44

3.53

Overall Pass Rate Spring 2020

 

3.64

3.67

3.58

 

3.54

 

3.29

3.37

3.83

3.57

3.53

3.60

3.27

3.55

3.42

3.48

3.53

3. Satisfaction of Employers

Employer Survey Results:  Employers report that WGU teacher education programs prepare teachers who succeed in the classroom.

INTASC Standards

Content Knowledge

Learner and Learning

Instructional Planning

Professional Responsibility

Very Well

51.90%

49.37%

48.15%

43.24%

Extremely Well

37.09%

27.09%

19.98%

32.52%

Total

88.99%

76.46%

68.13%

75.76%

4. Satisfaction of Completers

Completer Survey Results: Graduations agree that their WGU teacher education program prepared them for success.

INTASC Standards

Content Knowledge

Learner and Learning

Instructional Planning

Professional Responsibility

Very Well

47.99%

44.10%

44.01%

40.56%

Extremely Well

49.25%

51.44%

49.45%

53.76%

Total

97.24%

94.54%

93.46%

94.32%

5. Graduation Rates

6. Ability of Completers to Meet Licensing and State Requirements for Certification

Praxis pass rates.

Across all WGU Teachers College licensure programs, the overall Praxis pass rates have remained at 88% for the last three academic years.

Total pass rate:

88% 2016-2017
88% 2017-2018
88% 2018-2019

Title II: WGU offers programs in and recommends for licensure in all states. We report licensure/certification exam pass rates to the U.S. Education Department for state where we have state program approval. The following are the most recent summary pass rates for all program completers those states, when available. The data are representative of all TC program and completers. 

State

California

Missouri

Nevada (alternate route)

Nevada (traditional)

Utah

Washington

2016-2017

97%

98%

96%

96%

97%

n/a

2017-2018

100%

97%

97%

97%

100%

97%

2018-2019

95%

100%

96%

96%

100%

94%

Average licensure rates.

Western Governors University boasts a 100% licensure rate for all Teachers College graduates who seek licensure. While not all graduates will attempt to get their license, it is noteworthy that every graduate who wants to obtain their teaching license is able to.

100% of all WGU Teachers College graduates who seek licensure obtain their teaching license.

7. Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared

Hiring Rates

WGU Teaching Degree Programs Accredited through CAEP

8. Student Loan Default Rate and Other Consumer Information

About WGU

WGU Employment and Hiring Rates

Employment and Hiring Rates

Data from the 2020 Harris Poll shows that employers hire WGU graduates at higher rates than traditional college students. In fact, 84% of WGU graduates report being employed full time, and 89% report that they are employed in their degree field. This demonstrates that WGU degrees prepare graduates for careers and their future.

WGU Graduate Preparedness

2017 study

A spring 2017 teacher college survey of completers/graduates who were beginning teachers from 1 to 3 years “out” of their programs found the following:

97%

of teacher college graduates believed their WGU preparation program prepared them extremely well or very well to create a productive learning environment with high expectations for all students.

89%

of teacher college graduates said their WGU program had prepared them extremely well or very well for using professional knowledge and skills to facilitate learning and reflecting on personal and professional biases.

Employer Satisfaction Rates

The 2020 Harris Poll gives information on employers and their satisfaction with WGU-graduate employees. This report asked employers specific questions about how they would rate their WGU graduate employees.

96% of employers said they would hire another WGU graduate.

98% of employers said WGU grads "met" or "exceeded" their expectations.

95% of employers said graduates were prepared for their jobs.

WGU’s official student loan default rate dropped for the FY 2017 cohort, from 4.6 in FY 2014 to 4.1 percent in 2020, which is less than half the national average of 9.7% for the same period. The default rate for FY 2016 was 4.2 percent.

Inspiring stories of WGU-educated teachers.

"My degree (B.A. Special Education) from WGU has allowed me to help both special-needs students and their families, and I've felt well-prepared since day one on the job." Miranda Good
WGU alum
“Half of what I learned from my master’s at WGU is a model for my classroom: tailoring curriculum for each student, checking in with them while giving them freedom, reducing structure and giving room for kids to learn how they learn best.” Joel Bianchi,
M.A. Science Education (Physics)
Teaching Stories Annie Mewborn
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Learn how WGU prepared these teachers.

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Western Governors University Statistics

Tuition

$3,225

6 months' Teachers College undergraduate tuition.

Completion Time

½–4 years

Time to graduate, varies by program and student.

Graduate Satisfaction

96%

of graduates recommend WGU.

Teachers in nearly every school district across the nation—and many more across the globe.

Western Governors University has alumni all around the country, and 22% of our students are working toward a teaching degree. Our graduates also account for hundreds of teachers in nearly every state, demonstrating the impact that WGU has on school districts everywhere.

Night Owl Connect

Connect with Alumni Near and Far

The Night Owl Network is an app—think part Facebook, part LinkedIn—where alumni of WGU can connect on professional and personal interest levels. If you loved the mentoring component of WGU, the Night Owl Network extends that to a professional capacity. Connect, share ideas, plan local events ... network how you want to!