Western Governors University: Early Childhood Education

Western Governors University is a private, nonprofit, accredited online university with corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT. As a competency-based school, WGU has no academic requirements for admission beyond an admissions exam. WGU receives no state or federal funding, sustaining on tuition and corporate and non-profit grants, and has won numerous awards as an online university. WGU’s mission is to provide high-caliber online education for motivated students, and all academic operations are online.

Western Governors University offers an accredited Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. This 122 credit program prepares students with Associate certification and no certification at all to teach children from birth to 3rd grade. Students will learn about early childhood education theory, practice, foundations, and general education, and the program includes supervised practice teaching in a real classroom environment. Students with Associate certification may waive some credits to complete their degree more quickly.

Admissions to WGU include:

• Application
• Official transcript(s)
• Must be at least 16 years of age
• Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor to determine “fit” with WGU’s expectations

WGU charges tuition at a flat rate per term, often coming to as little as half the cost of other online programs. Tuition is $3,250 per six-month term. WGU student qualify for federal loans and grants, as well as some state grants and scholarships. As a Military Friendly College (ranked by Military Advanced Education Magazine), WGU offers many tuition incentives for military personnel and veterans.

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