Western Governors University:
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Western Governors University has earned a reputation as one of the leading online universities, with its acclaimed Teachers College providing students with the preparation and knowledge they need to succeed in the classroom.

The Teachers College at WGU offers bachelor's, post-baccalaureate, and master's degree programs that all lead to teaching certification. The goal at Western Governors University is for students to graduate as highly competent teachers. To reach that goal, the degreed programs feature assessments including tests and papers, mentoring between students and instructors, and student teaching.

Semesters at Western Governors University run for six months, allowing students to complete as much of their coursework as possible during each semester.

Bachelor's Degree

Western Governors University offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in nine concentrations, including early childhood education, special education, math, science, and interdisciplinary studies. Students can choose specializations with some degrees, including the science degree. For example, a student may opt for the B.A. in Science with a focus on physics, chemistry, or geosciences.

The duration of the B.A. program ranges from two to two-and-a-half years for students who already have an associate's degree to four to five years for those students just beginning their collegiate journey.

Students are assigned a mentor with whom they work to develop an individualized Graduation Plan. A Graduation Plan outlines the student's goals and the milestones by which time assessments will be completed.

Student Teaching

Regardless of what degree is sought through The Teachers College, students are required to complete student teaching for between 12 and 20 weeks on a full-time basis. The duration of the teaching placement is decided by the host school district. In addition to having a direct supervisor in the classroom, student teachers are evaluated on a weekly basis by an experienced educator known as a Clinical Supervisor.


The post-baccalaureate, which generally takes between a year-and-a-half to two years to complete, is offered in four concentrations: Teacher prep (K-8), teacher prep in math, teacher prep in science, and teacher prep in social sciences. Those who already have a bachelor's degree may opt for the 35 credit post-baccalaureate degree.

Each post-baccalaureate concentration focuses on achieving similar goals: Toŗ††develop an understanding of teaching foundations, to engage in teaching practices that are effective, and to complete full-time student teaching for between 12 and 20 weeks.

Master's Degree

The Teachers College also features the Master of Arts in Teaching, with concentrations in K-8, math, science, and social sciences. Students complete at least 40 credits, depending on their concentration, several more than they do for the post-baccalaureate. Master's students focus on the same goals as the post-bac students with an additional concentration on research.

Learn more about WGU's Teacher's College.

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