Western Governors University Reviews of Bachelor's in Secondary Education

  • 6 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,670
100% of 6 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 6 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Secondary Education

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Brooke
  • Reviewed: 4/12/2022
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I love WGU! I started my degree program 2 months ago, needing to earn 127 credit hours and have already completed 85 credit hours. You work at your own pace people. I will receive a bachelors degree in less than a year when it takes 5 years at a traditional school. If you are smart, you know how to write a paper, you know how to solve algebraic equations, or at least are smart enough to teach yourself what you don’t already know: WGU is for you. If you are motivated and can type an essay in a couple hours then you can submit multiple assignments in one day and be done with a class that fast and move on! If you do not need 6 weeks to submit an assignment and need your hand held the whole time because you have no idea how to choose a topic to write about then WGU is for you. The course instructors are helpful, nice, quick to respond so if you need help at anytime they are there for you. I attended a big university and was forced to take fluff classes that do not pertain to a degree just to build up the hyper dept and support athletics. The credit hours were $300+ each. So $900 for an archery class that I really don’t need for my future career?? So ridiculous! English 101 takes 8 weeks, 3x’s a week in class for an hour each (3 hours a week) and the instructor is baby stepping you through how to write an argumentative essay and how to apply APA citations and writing up a rough draft…you could have written that paper in one hour and submitted it to WGU and moved on with your life! I took finite mathematics 3 times and dropped it 3 times, because my big fancy university hired a bunch of non English speaking professors, who I’m sure were talented mathematicians, but horribly difficult to understand and learn from. I took the same class at WGU and passed it in 5 days on the first try. In the end what you get is a faster way to earn that degree which we all need to complete in order to get a good job. The way I pass my classes so fast, I read all of the assigned reading in a day or two, take the pre-test immediately after I read and then immediately, same day, take that final test and then complete the labs or write the papers. I pass 2-3 classes a week, some weeks as many as 4 and some weeks as few as 1 depending on how much reading is assigned and how familiar I am with the material. It’s just like every other school where you put in the time and read everything but you don’t spend time driving and parking and walking around campus and you don’t waste money taking fluff classes you don’t need. You can rewatch a lecture as often as you need, pause and take notes, don’t worry about missing a class bc you’re sick and therefore missed the lecture and participation points. Ugh! You don’t have to schedule your life around the schools class schedule. You don’t have to wait until next semester to sign up for a class you really need bc the class times are already full for this semester. This program is awesome! For the reviewer who said they don’t know if their work was just ok or really good, you do actually know that because you get detailed comments and either pass with a score of competency or exemplary. Exemplary is how you know the work was really good. Do you think your future boss cares about individual assignments you did in college and if they were exemplary, or just that you completed the program and earned that degree? I have done it both ways and I’m positive that WGU is a better program for people who want that degree and don’t care about missing the social aspects of college life. Think about what really matters to you."
Will
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2015
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"Great school, highly recommended! I got a job teaching 1 month after graduating. The courses are tough, and require a lot of time and effort. But it is totally worthwhile. The mentors are there to not only guide you through the program, but act as cheerleaders as well, encouraging you to do your best. I am back at WGU to obtain a Master's degree. Great school for working adults!"
Paula Swift
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2014
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"WGU allows its students to work at their own pace. This is exceptional for the student that desires to accelerate and for the student that needs to take it slow. WGU also allows the student to use their life experience to gain competency in strong areas. I taught for 12 years at a christian school and decided to get my BA is Mathematics. I was able to "test out" of several classes and will be graduating with my BA in Mathematics and my teaching certificate in secondary math in under two years!! The student and class mentors were alway there to give assistance whenever I needed it, whether it was a word of encouragement or assistance with the curriculum."
jordan
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2013
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I started my college career at a traditional 4 year university. My experience there was the typical college experience and I'm glad I have those memories. However, I married a military man and had to move before I graduated. That's what led me to WGU. I completed my undergraduate in elementary education and had a wonderful semester of student teaching. I am now a teacher in a large and competitive school district. Additionally, I am two classes away from receiving my master degree in education from, none other than, Western Governors University. I have had phenomenal support from the mentors and all the staff I have had interactions with (financial aid, course mentors, etc.). I am so happy that I found this school! Future students; WGU is writing intensive, yes, that means you write a lot of papers and do a lot of research. Plus, you have to be able to discipline yourself. There is no teacher begging for homework. However, you will have a great, friendly, and supportive mentor that will become like family. We love and hate our family right? Just kidding...the mentors motivate you and hold you accountable. I couldn't have graduated without mine! Bottom-line: Great school! Great staff! I regret nothing!"
vince
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2013
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I just got word today that I landed a job with the 2nd school I interviewed with! I worked hard at WGU and had to put in a good deal of time finding my own resources to completing the assignments, but this helped me figure out how I learn. Learning how you learn one of the most important things to being successful at WGU. WGU is NOT a typical college and if you are expecting all the information to be in a single book or in some lecture, you will have a tough go of it until you develop some resources. Once you get a good pool of sites and books that YOU can learn from, the rest is fairly easy. I was always able to get in contact with faculty that could answer content or administrative questions and the student teaching process was set up for me by WGU without any issues. Look, if you want an easy degree this is not the school for you. However, if you want the ability to tailor your learning experience and dislike due dates, WGU will work out well as long as you are willing to commit the time. One last thing, my degree was never questioned by any administrators in my school district and I heard back from every position I applied to."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2013
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"PROS: Flexible schedule, inexpensive tuition (books, etc. included in tuition), nationally and regionally accredited, required scheduled contact with school personnel and faculty, competency-based grading system that reflects academic difficulty of programs offeredCONS: Not as academically supportive as bricks-and-mortar school (ie. you are expected to take charge of your own learning, and if you need extra help, you have to schedule an appt.), skepticism from potential employers (not personally experienced, but have heard stories), ease of procrastinationCONCLUSION: For more disciplined students who are technology savvy, this is a great school. Also, for those who do not have access to a traditional school (due to location or cost), WGU is a good choice. However, this school may not be the best option for less dedicated students or those who learn best in a group setting or prefer unlimited access to professors. The curriculum is advanced and the grading system tough, so the academic experience is intense, but rewarding. If you experience problems with the work, immediate help can be difficult to come by. Though, when you do get help, it is usually very good and pertinent."