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WGU's teacher licensure programs are accredited by AAQEP.

AAQEP-accredited teacher licensure degree programs.

The teacher licensure programs offered through the WGU Teachers College have been awarded full accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) through June 30, 2026. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and that the program has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to continue to do so.

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AAQEP

All WGU Teachers College initial-licensure programs are accredited by AAQEP.

Program performance indicators.

Degree/Program 
Name and Level 

Corresponding State Certificate, License, Endorsement, or Other Credential

Number of Candidates
9/1/2018 - 8/31/2019

Number of Completers
9/1/2018 - 8/31/2019

BA/Elementary Education

Elementary Education 

14,468

1,546

Post Bac/Elementary Education

Elementary Education 

244

39

MAT/Elementary Education

Elementary Education 

1,153

234

BA/Special Education (K–12)

Note: dual licensure with special education and elementary education

Elementary Education and
Mild/Moderate Special Education

5,980

661

BA/Special Education (K–12)

Note: dual licensure with special education and elementary education (Redesigned)

Elementary Education and 
Mild/Moderate Special Education

667

0*

BA/Special Education-Mild to Moderate

Mild/Moderate Special Education 

337

0**

MAT/English Education (Secondary)

English Endorsement

363

81

BS/Mathematics Education (Middle Grades)

Mathematics Endorsement 

567

77

MAT/Mathematics Education (Middle Grades)

Mathematics Endorsement Middle Grades

217

37

BS/Mathematics Education (Secondary)

Mathematics Endorsement Secondary

1,104

79

MAT/Mathematics Education (Secondary)

Mathematics Endorsement Secondary

174

31

BS/Science Education (Middle Grades)

Science Middle Grade

199

22

BS/Science Education (Secondary Chemistry)

Chemistry Secondary 

136

11

BS/Science Education (Secondary Physics)

Physics Secondary

153

11

BS/Science Education (Secondary Earth Science)

Earth Science Secondary

259

14

BS/Science Education (Secondary Biological Science)

Biological Science Secondary

1,100

73

MAT/Science Education (Secondary)

(includes Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Earth Science and Physics)

Science Education Secondary

365

97

   

   

27,486

3,013

*BA/Special Education and Elementary (K–12) - Redesigned program was launched in April 2019. There were no program completers as of March 2020.

**BA/Special Education-Mild to Moderate program was launched in November 2018. There were no program completers as of March 2020.

Candidate academic performance indicators.

Std.

Provider-Selected Measures

Explanation of Performance Expectation

Level/Extent of Success in Meeting Expectation


1

WGU-TC is a competency-based program. All courses and all programs have embedded competencies. 

In order to pass a course, candidates must all meet competencies at 3.0 GPA equivalent. In order to meet program completion requirements, candidates must pass all courses.

100% of completers meet program competencies. 


1

Demonstration Teaching Final 

Candidates need an overall score of 3.0 in order to pass the demonstration teaching assignment. Scoring levels are as follows:

0 = Not Observed. The candidate did not demonstrate the teaching practice.

1 = Emerging. The candidate demonstrates through their knowledge or skills that they require significant remediation to improve the teaching practice. The candidate requires sustained, intensive support in order to achieve success.

2 = Learning. The candidate demonstrates through their knowledge or skills that they are learning and require some additional practice to fully demonstrate competency for the teaching practice. The candidate lacks professional confidence and requires additional support in order to achieve success.

3 = Competent. The candidate demonstrates through their knowledge or skills that they are fully competent to meet the teaching practice. The candidate is generally confident, competent, and demonstrates potential for success.

4 = Exemplary. The candidate demonstrates through their knowledge and skills above what is expected for a competent candidate related to the teaching practice. The candidate exudes confidence, composure, and competence, is able to work with increasing independence, and demonstrates a strong potential for success.

Data reflect cumulative ratings, or all iterations of the assessments taken by all students during the designated data cycle.

Spring 2017 = 3.64
Fall 2017 = 3.66
Spring 2018 = 3.67


1

Licensure Exams 

Pass with score greater than 80%

The overall pass rate on first and second attempts on the Praxis was 88% in 2018-2019.


2

Ed TPA 

Pass with score greater than 80%

EdTPA pass rates in 2018-2019: 
Undergraduate programs - 89.9% 
Graduate program - 83.2%


2

Demonstration Teaching Observation

Candidates need an overall score of 3.0 in order to pass the demonstration teaching assignment. Scoring levels are as follows:

0 = Not Observed. The candidate did not demonstrate the teaching practice.

1 = Emerging. The candidate demonstrates through their knowledge or skills that they require significant remediation to improve the teaching practice. The candidate requires sustained, intensive support in order to achieve success.

2 = Learning. The candidate demonstrates through their knowledge or skills that they are learning and require some additional practice to demonstrate competency for the teaching practice. The candidate lacks professional confidence and requires additional support in order to achieve success.

3 = Competent. The candidate demonstrates through their knowledge or skills that they are fully competent to meet the teaching practice. The candidate is generally confident, competent, and demonstrates potential for success.

4 = Exemplary. The candidate demonstrates through their knowledge and skills above what is expected for a competent candidate related to the teaching practice. The candidate exudes confidence, composure, and competence, is able to work with increasing independence, and demonstrates a strong potential for success.

Data reflect cumulative ratings, or all iterations of the assessments taken by all students during the designated data cycle.

Spring 2017 = 3.44
Fall 2017 = 3.43
Spring 2018 = 3.42


2

Professional Portfolio

Candidates must achieve competency in all course tasks as measured by the task rubrics. To pass a task, candidates must receive a score of at least 2 in each rubric aspect. 

The scoring levels are: 
0= Unsatisfactory 
1 = Approaching competency
2 = Competency achieved

Data reflect cumulative ratings, or all iterations of the assessments taken by all students during the designated data cycle.

Spring 2017 = 1.78
Fall 2017 = 1.86
Spring 2018 = 1.89

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.

WGU Employment and Hiring Rates

Employment and hiring rates.

Data from the 2018 Harris Poll shows that employers hire WGU graduates at higher rates than traditional college students. In fact, 86% of WGU graduates report being employed full time, and 87% report that they are employed in their degree field. This demonstrates that WGU degrees prepare graduates for careers and their future.

Employer satisfaction rates.

The 2018 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.

94% of employers said they would hire another WGU graduate.

97% of employers said WGU grads "met" or "exceeded" their expectations.

97% of employers said graduates were prepared for their jobs.

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)

Western Governors University statistics.

Tuition

$3,225

per six-month term for undergraduate Teachers College programs.

Completion Time

½–4 years

Time to graduate, varies by program and student.

Graduate Satisfaction

97%

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!