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Western Governors University Reviews of Bachelor's in Special Education

15 Reviews

Locations:   Salt Lake City (UT) 

Annual Tuition: $7,452

75% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
87% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Bachelor's in Special Education

Student Reviews - Bachelor's in Special Education

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Reviewed: 7/28/2023

Degree: Special Education

I loved attending WGU. It is the only school where I felt I got my money's worth. Coursework was cohesive to assignments and gave options to take little quizzes or to delve deeper into the content. Although some might find program mentors irritating, I generally enjoyed having someone I could count on to keep me on task and help me organize courses, tests, and students teaching to my schedule. My mentor was able to help me with class suggestions and any information about the program requirements... Read More


Reviewed: 6/5/2023

Degree: Special Education

Degree: Special education and elementary education (Dual Licensure) Time it took: 140 credits in 4 1/2 years while working full time is doable (including one break semester) Mentors: They are a nuisance and unnecessary. In the beginning I had to check in every week, being told I can’t miss the call. After a while there were Email check- ins instead of calls. After showing continuous progress I complained that I was a responsible adult and that I didn’t need looking after. She backed off after that... Read More

Joseph B.

Reviewed: 10/26/2022

Degree: Special Education

WGU is probably one of the most Narcissistically ran universities that I have ever had the misfortune to become aware of. They talk a good game. Pay for the semester, and you can achieve credit for as many courses as you are able to complete before the semester ends. They DO NOT accept credit for many courses that are nationally accredited (despite most universities having equivalent transfers). They want you to spend that money! If you enroll with an education that prepares you for the WHOLE of... Read More


Reviewed: 1/3/2022

Degree: Special Education

WGU is amazing if you are working full time and need the flexibility that a proficiency model university offers. I worked full time and was able to get 93 credits in a year and a half. The program mentors I had over that time (only two) where amazing. Both were way overqualified and super encouraging and helped me get through the program. This is program is great for those who are organized and self motivated. I live in a small rural town and WGU was perfect for my needs.


Reviewed: 10/12/2020

Degree: Special Education

First off, this school is not everyone. If you are highly self-motivated and can set deadlines for yourself and stick to them, this is the school for you. If you struggle with that, I would suggest going to a more structured school with due dates. That said, I LOVE WGU! I love that I can take classes at my own pace. I love that I can log on to class when I want to and don't have to follow a set schedule. I can finish a class at 1am, 6am, 3pm or 10pm and there's no problem. I got my AS from a traditional... Read More


Reviewed: 12/17/2019

Degree: Special Education

I love WGU! I started my degree in education and transferred to the dual license for special education. The classes are hard. If you're looking for something easy, WGU is not the place for you. I've had 2 mentors (due to the degree change) and they've both been wonderful! The teachers are great! They are super helpful and so knowledgeable. I do not have any experience in teaching but with the classes I'm taking, I don't feel like I'm going to flounder. The mentors also have experience in teaching... Read More

Angela Johnson

Reviewed: 9/15/2019

Degree: Special Education

Western Governors University is a special academic school. If you want to do something with your life this is the place to go. They have flexible schedules. And the best part is they are competency based. That means you spend your time learning what you don't know. Versus reviewing things you already have a handle on. It is not a school that holds you back. They want you to succeed. But, you have to want it even more.

Monique Valcourt

Reviewed: 8/7/2019

Degree: Special Education

I am so pleased with this school that I am not sure where I need to begin. Begin at the beginning right? in 2011 I began to look for a new school that offered a teaching degree in special education online. My choices were slim but I persisted and I found Western Governors University. I called them and started asking questions. I was assigned an application mentor. This person was amazing. They walked me through every single step to apply. They helped me transfer my credits from my old college and... Read More

Jeremy Stevens

Reviewed: 6/28/2019

Degree: Special Education

When I was in my mid-thirties, I wanted to do something different with my career, so I decided to study to be a teacher. I have a wife and kids, so that complicates such a decision. The first school I went to was a community college where I received an Associate of Science in Secondary Education. Of the seventy or so total credits I earned there, Western Governors University accepted forty-four of them as transfer credit. I looked at several different options before settling on WGU. I was looking... Read More


Reviewed: 5/30/2019

Degree: Special Education

When I first started, I thought the school was great. My mentor was supportive and the course mentors were really helpful. Into my second year, things started to change and my experience with WGU seemed to get worse. My personal left to another position and I was assigned a new mentor. I didn't mind too much, but my mentors had withheld important information about state exams that I needed to take in order to complete a future course. My graduation was pushed back by six months because I did not... Read More


Reviewed: 4/12/2019

Degree: Special Education

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... Read More


Reviewed: 8/31/2017

Degree: Special Education

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... Read More


Reviewed: 12/6/2016

Degree: Special Education

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... Read More

J Griggs

Reviewed: 1/17/2014

Degree: Special Education

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)<

Chelsie Reid

Reviewed: 12/14/2013

Degree: Special Education

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... Read More


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