Western Governors University Reviews - Teaching

3.63 out of 5 stars
(14 Reviews)
86% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 14 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
Emily - 11/17/2020
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2021
"I have never been so disappointed. WGU says that they offer flexibility, but they have not helped me with COVID constraints. I am supposed to student teach next semester. I have completed absolutely everything required for student teaching, except the results for one exam are going to be 11 days late because of the proctor site having a higher demand right now. Due to this SINGLE delay in results, they won't let me student teach. My mentor is horrible at communicating as well, and I feel like she never tells me important information or helpful tips."
2.8 out of 5 stars
A.w. - 8/8/2018
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2021
"Ok where do I start. I am a current student. 5 starts because its online and I will have a teaching license. Now to the ZERO STARS. You are not a customer in their eyes. They talk to you like a child. I recieved my AA from a local community college and to get my bachelors it will take me 3 years at WGU. If you have common sense you know why that is frustrating. They call you every week to check on you which I hate. Every class is laid out differently and the material, videos, secrets, etc are never in the same place. The textbook is easy to find but the easy to use materials are very hard to dig around for. This school is a joke. If anyone tells me that they earned there degree or it was hard I would probably laugh in their face. They Proctor site they use it inconsistent and the proctors dont speak english. Sometimes you have to have nothing on your table and have the curtains shut and sit in the dark. Other times they dont care and don't check anything.... if you pass every assessment this school is fine. But if you fail its hell. They make you talk to a course instructor that never has availability and they won't approve the next test until you talk to them. You cant even talk to a dean or manager because it does not exsist. Every college has a dean with an open door policy. Not WGU. They dint have a dean. When I told a manager I was considering changing schools because of my situation she said do what you feel you need to. Are you serious!?!?! Most school says oh that's not nessecary. They want your business and your money. Not wgu. If they have ti be nice and cater to you they would rather you go somewhere else and be someone else problem. Between my husband and I (we both gi here) we pay 12,000 a year. Is it worth it. Not is you want to feel like a customer. But if you want an easy laughable school go for it. 8 regret my decision in going here. But none of my credits transfer so I'm stuck.they offer all kinds of help until you actually need help or need to hurry and get a class done for time reasons. Then they do absolutely nothing. They send you generic scripted emails that have no personality or info on your personal situation. They just send you a generic email with there policy. I'm tired of it"
1.5 out of 5 stars
George - 6/16/2018
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am a current student of WGU. Let me share my experience. As any organization, WGU have pros and cons Pros: They assign u a degree mentor who stay with u during the whole degree. My degree mentor is amazing. She is so helpful. Try to help me as much as she can. Always contacting people in my behalf. Provide a lot of info. She there for emotional support as well. Each course has few course mentors they will assign u one. They also very helpful, they go out of their way to help u. Sometime they answer u during their days off. Cons: Academically: how they set the course? They give you the book and tell you knock yourself out with a little resources. No human lectures. Youll have no idea what to focus on and the course mentor doesnt know these things or they never saw the real test to give you an idea about what to focus on and whats important in the book Quizzes: In the end Or during Every chapter they give you quizzes that has nothing to do with the final exam, not in the same format not even related to the final test it only try to measure your knowledge about the subject. Then it comes only one realistic test to practice on, the pre-assessment. If you fail the the final exam even within one point there is no compromise with a paper or extra credit project to make up for this one point. All the questions in the final test or scenario-based questions they dont give you a direct question. If they messed up on The final they wont fix their mistake they will tell you poops sorry but you have to redo the test. The class that Im taking right now they told me it will be 66 questions and I found out during the test that they increase the number of the questions without notifying me before hand so I had to rush through the test and I end up failing with two points only. Of course they tell me we sorry its our fault but there is nothing we can do youll have to take it again. The system of the college: all the people that you have access to, have no power whatsoever except for giving you advice or support you emotionally. If you ask for the dean of student or anyone with power they will tell you, no such a person exist. its a mechanical system that has no human emotion at all. Degree mentor: they have no power over anything, so if u encounter any problems, all what they can do is to send an email to some department who they dont know anyone in I really do not recommend this university unless you have no other choice"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointed - 5/27/2018
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2018
"I am extremely unimpressed with my degree experience. After many years of hard work to earn my degree to become a math teacher, I finally finished the program. I was lead to believe that WGUs degree program satisfies NJs requirements for certification. However, this is not the case. I took thousands of dollars of grant money and in return I committed to teach four years in public school. Now I cant get my certification because NJ state requirements were not met by my program. Therefore, I cant get a job and I will have to pay back all of that grant money. WGU is not taking responsibility so Im left with thousands of dollars of debt and no way to pay it back because I cant get a job. I have learned the hard way that you cant trust WGU."
4.3 out of 5 stars
MathProf - 5/11/2017
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2017
"I love the competency-based model at WGU because you can accelerate your program as fast as you want. Speaking about this, I finished the entire program in half a year, which enabled me to get a $19,000 raise and a promotion. The added benefit is that I can now teach Community College courses, too -- the job listings say you have to have either a Masters in Math OR Masters in Physics OR a Bachelors in Mathematics AND Masters in Mathematics Education! I fit into the latter category (I have a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Maths Education.) Thanks WGU! You changed my life! :-)"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Chris - 9/16/2016
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2013
"This school is the best school in the world. I'm going back now for my THIRD DEGREE!!! I finished my BA in SPED in 2013 and was immediately hired as a teacher. The work is not simple by any means. You cannot just whip something together and expect to pass with papers because everything is graded on a rubric scale meaning you met the standard or you didn't. Everyone needs to understand that you are essentially demonstrating mastery of the subject you are learning. Don't go to this school if you plan to transfer after you completed a few classes. If you are dedicated and want to learn on your own then this school is for you. Its amazing and if you are a full time employee and a parent then this style of school will surely make you happy. Say you can't sleep, then just open up your laptop and get some work done.....it doesn't matter what time of day it is because you can study on your OWN time! I just love WGU and it has completely helped make my dreams come true of becoming a teacher here in California. Don't worry about the negative reviews.....most of them come from people that were not self motivators. GO FOR WGU!!!!!! I DID THREE TIMES!!!!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amy M - 7/19/2016
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2016
"Reading these reviews, I see many students that were not equipped to master this program. I am currently in my last term at WGU and l have had more support than the two previous brick and mortar colleges I have attended. I know exactly what is expected of me and I can either choose to procrastinate (which I have at times) or take it upon myself to accelerate and succeed. Complaining that you can't find something on the portal? It's super user-friendly. ASK QUESTIONS! Stay on top of your e-mail. Attend all the webinars and cohorts if you can't figure it out. The incompetent should not attend a competency based college."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Great, affordable, challenging - 12/23/2015
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015
"WGU is a great school, but not for everyone. If you can do school online, and you're a self-starter, it's great. If you go to WGU and expect a diploma mill and hand-holding, you'll be sadly mistaken. The courses are designed to be real-world problems that you would experience. Pros: -Self-Paced: you get to do your own pace, and not worry about due dates and such, but you need to stay on top of it, since the school is still challenging. Having school available 24/7 is really nice. You can study after kids are asleep, after work, weekends, etc. No need to worry about being to class on time. -Affordable: for about three thousand dollars a semester of six months, you can do however much work you want. The tuition stays the same if you finish 3 Competency Units (equivalent of a credit) or if you finish 50. Note: your books are all e-books and included with your tuition, which is nice (most books I had to use were from VitalSource, which you can access from an app called Bookshelf (I have it on my android phone and kindle fire, but I think it works with iOS as well), you can also use it from the website/download it to your computer). You can download the books and access them without wifi most of the time through this app, too. -Competency Based: if you already know the materials being taught, you can take a test and, if you pass it, get credit for the course and move onto the next part. One of the best parts of WGU. -Certifications: when you graduate you get a bunch of certifications (that's included in your tuition cost) that you can show potential employers. Examples include: CompTia, Windows, NCATE, CCNE, CAHIIM, and others. This alone is a huge value, imho. -Basics: it's accredited, private (to impress your snooty friends), good administration-in my experience, anyway. Cons: -Lack of Programs: they have four colleges, and each one is designed to get you a job. Most schools have degrees offered in psychology, liberal arts, languages, etc. WGU doesn't have these. That being said, if you go to WGU to get a good, stable job, you'll be good. I know many people with psychology/sociology degrees (who learned a lot in school), who aren't able to find a job in their field. WGU programs are typically in high demand. I initially wanted to do environmental science, but they didn't have a program for that, sadly. -Mentoring: you're assigned a mentor that is with you from start to finish in the program. That is both good and bad. Sometimes they aren't on the ball and you have to wait for them to approve you to take an assessment or other such things. Sometimes, they're amazing and will go above and beyond. It's a give/take there. -Time Consuming: school is hard. It should be. It's especially hard for people who aren't as self-motivated and they can stumble and fall behind. This isn't really a negative on the school as a whole, but sometimes it's hard to want to power up a computer and work after spending 8+ hours at work staring at a screen, but that's just me. If you're looking for a diploma mill, move on to another school, because this isn't it. -Technical Issues: as a fully online school, I did have some technical issues from time to time. Most of them were from third parties they used, but still an inconvenience. Overall, I think WGU is great. If you're interested in one of the programs they offer, go for it. It won't be easy, but if college was easy, it wouldn't be worth it. It will help you move forward in your career, and give you great hands-on experience. The biggest downfall (to me, at least) is the lack of variety in the programs. Worth it, and my life is better for it."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Chris - 9/13/2015
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2012
"I got my Masters Degree at WGU. The experience was an excellent one, the curriculum was challenging, I was in contact with my advisor on a weekly basis which kept me on track and on pace to graduate. I would recommend WGU to any person who cannot get to an on-site school."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dalton - 5/20/2015
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2016
"Personally, I love WGU. I'm almost finished with my first term after transferring from a traditional university. My admissions adviser was there every step of the way to make sure I was completely ready once my term started, my student mentor meets with me every week to make sure I am reaching the goals we set, and my course mentors have always been very helpful and return calls/emails quickly. The classes aren't easy, but you can take a pretest at the beginning of your course so you know what areas you need to spend more time on and can accelerate through the parts you are more knowledgeable in. I am a military spouse so being able to student teach and work on my observations in any state that I am, even if we have to move, is perfect for me. I love the flexibility this school has. If you have extra time one day you can work longer on school and if you need to skip a day you can without consequences. How fast/slow you graduate is completely up to you and how much time and effort you are willing to put in. If you aren't self disciplined it can be very easy to put it off and get behind. This school was ranked #1 for their secondary education program and the school I transferred from was ranked #14. I love everything about this school, I've learned so much and I've had a great experience with it so far. I definitely recommend it for everyone."
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