Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in Special EducationSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
This "college" is a joke. They will have MANY technical issues the day u try and take your final. It took me over 6 months to pass one class because of technical issues on thier side. To add to it, if u dont pass the class in their allotted amount of time they will charge you even when it's not your fault that you have not passed the class yet. The study material is not related to the finals as well. The "teachers" are a joke too. I was in a class for two months before being told that I was missing the correct study material. Apparently, the material posted for the class was wrong and the teacher had the correct guides, but I was never informed and only found out after failing the final and realizing that the questions did not even match what I was given. But don't worry, they still charged me to do a retake. So many bad things to say about this university that I could go on for weeks.
Wgu is a great school to get a degree. Most people don't learn as much as a traditional brick and mortar school, but this school allowed me to work in my field for 3.5 years before I graduated. I am in my first year teaching, and I had 4 job offers after I graduated. I landed a job that checked off everything off my list!! During the last year of school I completed 21 credit hours in 2.5 months and the next semester I did 18 hours in 3 months. If you are a great test taker and a decent paper writer this school is for you. If not don't go! Once you figure out the system by all means exploit it and get it done. Overall I have very few complaints and if you have a chance request H. H. as you student mentor. HE IS AMAZING!!!!
I've been working as a teaching assistant in special education for 9 years. Finally decided to become a special education teacher. Since I didn't even have an Associate degree, I knew it would be a long road since I would need to get a bachelor degree as well as go through a credential program. I transferred my credits to WGU. I needed to complete 137 credit units to earn my bachelor degree which had the credential program wrapped inside. While working full time, I worked on my degree program in the evenings and during summer break at school. I was able to complete 47 credit units in each of my first two terms, and 43 credit units in my final term. At $3000 per 6 month term, I wanted to get as much out of each term as possible. I was fortunate enough to receive the "Excellence in Education" scholarship which paid $1000 per term towards my tuition. I was able to "fast track" my degree by using my extensive knowledge and experience to pass many classes quickly. Still, I had to write research papers, multiple lesson plans, case studies. I took praxis tests in special education and behavioral emotional difficulties as well as general education. I had to complete the California Teacher Performance Assessment as well as pass the CSET test for California. I had to study class videos and analyze teacher performances. I had to observe in classrooms for 60 hours. I had to do demonstration teaching under the supervision of not only a clinical supervisor, but the host teacher. I had my weekly student mentor phone calls which were amazing in terms of practical support as well as emotional support. When the chance to reduce the weekly mentor calls presented itself I declined, simply because I enjoyed having my own personal cheerleader/secretary who could keep me motivated on track, and organized. Any time an assignment was returned for corrections, the feedback was usually very clear and concise on what revisions needed to be made. Any time I was did not understand the expectations, an email to one of the course mentors cleared up any misunderstanding I had. It was a lot of hard work, I kid you not. The provided support kept me from getting overwhelmed, because it can be overwhelming. This week, I finish my student teaching and will be graduating shortly thereafter. I've already received several offers and inquiries about my availability to begin working in January. For me WGU was the only way to go, and I can't speak highly enough about the education and support I received.
I have been in the WGU teaching program for two full terms, with a goal of dual license in Special Ed and Elementary Ed. I LOVE the self-paced study and testing. I also love that you are not required a bunch of busy work like other online programs (things like: post in the discussion feed on three different student's introduction)<
I highly recommend WGU! I was a teenage mother with a dream of being a Special Education teacher. I had a newborn child and was unable to attend the traditional college, so I found WGU. 4 years later I graduated from WGU with my Bachelor's in Special Education. I immediately found a teaching job that I love. I recently started back at WGU for my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My husband and sister-in-law are also WGU students and they too love it. You have to be self-motivated because it is so convenient that you could procrastinate. The mentors are so helpful and caring, and you can't beat the tuition!