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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.
Western Govenors University is an excellent school. It seemed designed for me in that I do not live near a University that offers an MBA and uprooting to be near one did not seem to me to be a financially viable option. The course of study is challenging and requires a commitment on the your part to complete. You will work with a student mentor that will call you regularly and ensure your progress. This student mentor will have a degree at least equivalent to the one you are seeking. We set weekly goals and the follow-up calls were to review progress toward these goals and set new goals for the next week. This worked well for me, but if you struggle with organization, there are tools available to help provide structure for those less organized with their time and commitments. Course mentors are available to help you through any difficulties you may experience in the course work. Course mentors are PhDs in the field they are teaching. I found them to be outstanding in every way, very knowledgeable, eager to help and very available. The school is not a paper mill, it does not accept everyone that applies, but if you have experience in your field and appropriate documentation, you should be fine. Someone with good experience in their chosen field may be able to advance rapidly through the degree program. Competence based education through online learning is genius in that it provides a high quality education at a reduced cost. Tuition at WGU is fixed with no hidden costs - including your books (provided online). You get six months to complete as much as possible, so acceleration is up to you. It is possible all student mentors are good at their jobs, but mine was particularly excellent. Always going the extra mile, he made arrangements for me to speak to course mentors, introducing me and providing background before I spoke to them and helped me navigate through the very robust learning platform. He also, gently and effectively, kept me on task. Coursework itself is quite excellent, provided by experienced educators, often from other schools who take time to teach at WGU. My courses included a class taught by a professor at UCLA, one from UNLV, another from UofU and my favorite class was taught by a BYU professor. There are two types of exams, Objective (question and answer exams), and Performance (you write a paper or complete a project). Objective exams are uniquely proctored online so there is no need to go to a testing center. The exam material is challenging and will thoroughly test your competence. My background in IT, finance, and accounting did help and may have provided me an edge in these exams, but my most difficult courses were Statistics, and the IT related courses. WGU provides excellent learning resources for research purposes and other skilled resources such as a writing center that provides great help for grammar and citations. I enjoyed my experience at WGU. I seem to enjoy learning more than I did years ago. The experience gave everything context and I saw the value of what I was learning immediately. It is a competitive program and I highly recommend it.
You really have to be self motivated and a good knowledge base of what you are studying. Independence is a must and wgu is very flexible. Some times I took months off in between terms due to finishing early. Mentor phone calls are a pain but can be set to bi-weekly instead of once a week. I highly recommend this university for working individuals who can focus on online classes I would recommend this for someone right out of high school with little to no job experience.
WGU is an amazing price and a great program. I was challenged and able to work at my pace to complete my degree. The course mentors and student mentors work very hard to help you achieve your goals. The program was rigorous but worth the effort, I was able to pass all state assessments and course work requirements for my teaching endorsements.
I have been enrolled fro just a few months. I find the school refreshing after the disaster known as University of Phoenix. I have attended 3 different colleges over the years, and WGU, so far, has been the best experience. Folks who are complaining about format, admissions, and other things, are probably as much to blame as the school. WGU is designed for people to further their career in disciplines they already work in. It is not a "hold your hand" school like many others. For me, personally, this works. Maybe other students require something different. I like the work at your own pace. I completed my first class in just 4 weeks. If you complete all assigned classes for one term, pull some classes up from the next term. Graduate faster, cheaper. The degree seems to be accepted in my industry. I know many recruiters (some who graduated from WGU) who told me the BSMGT I am working on would be accepted as a bona-fide business degree. In short, it is not traditional, which may make it more difficult for some, perfect for others. There are many choices out their. Educate yourself to what will work best, for you.
Outstanding program! I really appreciated that the school is fully certified and transferable, if I wanted to go get my masters at the local state university it would be no problem. I liked coming out of the program with a lot of certifications. The pricing structure was a model that should be adopted by all schools, it really encourages focus.
My biggest dislike of this kind of school system, is that well it is suppose to be work at your own pace. Yet the resources are not there for you to fully learn unless you want to participate in chat groups with other students. I consistently find myself, not knowing why they didn't add deprecation into an equation when the previous example did. Yet if I want to find out, here lets schedule 15 minutes, 3 days from now. Forcing you to either give up asking, or to move on and simply swallow not understanding what is happening until you have already built a foundation on something you don't really get to find out why later. I also feel there is a huge inconsistency in the videos and resources for different courses. Also along my several years attending they have lowered the standards of testing and course coverage because it was to difficult for students.
I found WGU deceptive and the caliber of actual content was grossly lacking. I had asked repeatedly and was assured that class content was solid and geared toward understanding, not just on getting a piece of paper (aka degree). I was less interested in the degree and more interested in actually learning accounting. Instead, I found the learning materials extremely dry and old school textbook oriented. I had to search for better learning tools online - fortunately, there are many and they are free. If WGU is getting all this money for its classes, it should be investing in great learning tools and videos, not just e-textbooks and webinars led by cynical teachers. WGU is really just a way to get a rubber stamp degree, mostly for people who already know the subject they're going through the motions with.
I could not be happier with WGU. I made the decision to attend WGU after I obtained a full time management position. I wasn't able to find classes offered at my local CSU after 5PM. WGU allowed me the opportunity to keep my full time job and finish my degree in a year and a half (after transferring in credits from my AA). This school is not for everyone. You have to be extremely self-motivated and focused. It's very easy to slack off and not succeed. If you don't like your student mentor, request another one. I had a bad experience with my first one, and my experience was so much more enjoyable and SUCCESSFUL after switching. My hardest class was Finance, and I did not receive the help I needed via the class mentor. I utilized Youtube and other resources to learn the material on my own. Overall, I plan on returning to WGU for my MBA in a couple years after I take a break and have a couple kids. Make the time, make it a priority, and you can make it happen.
I wanted to try other areas in nursing but a BSN was required . I am 58 years old and graduated with a diploma certificate in 1981. I am an adult critical care nurse presently in the ED for 26 years. To go back to school was a huge decision but as I started WGU and had my first course I fell in love with the program. I stayed enrolled and completed each course on time and learned so much of nursing that I actually never knew! I made this my goal to complete each task and course, and the 2 years flew by. Graduation was my goal and it was fabulous in Salt Lake City. Now I am starting my new job as case manager in the ED! WGU makes it possible for adult learners to succeed! Try this school , you will love it!