Why Western Governors University (WGU)?

While I enjoyed my one semester experience with Charter Oak, I felt I had still not found my perfect match. Tossing and turning for nights, I realized that the path I had planned was not the plan I wanted.

I DON’T WANT TO TEACH SPANISH

There was no excitement or joy for me when I thought about becoming a Spanish teacher. Plus, I would still need to do one additional year of schooling after earning my Bachelor’s. In order to become a certified teacher through my State’s alternate route to teacher certification, I would need to travel an hour away every weekend for an entire school year.  When I thought about how long it would take me and where I would end up, all I could think was that this was not my dream. Yes, I wanted to be a teacher, but not a Spanish teacher.

EXPANDING MY CHOICES

Even though I had seen advertisements for WGU online before, I ignored them because the school is in Utah. I live in Connecticut, which is on the other side of the country. I was really stuck on the idea of getting a degree in the State I live in. Being able to attend graduation and having my family there, is really important to me. Also, I wanted my resume to show that I graduated from a college in my State.

Once I realized that my family and I could go to graduation and that it didn’t matter what State my degree was from, I started looking into online colleges that offered an accelerated, Elementary Education program. After researching for several days, I settled on WGU.

REASONS I CHOSE WGU

  • It is competency based, which means once you grasp the concepts of a course and pass the assessment, you can move on to the next course. This can significantly speed up progress towards graduation.  Courses are not set within a certain amount of weeks.
  • The tuition is extremely affordable and ebooks for most of the courses are included in the tuition fees.
  • They offer a K-8 Interdisciplinary program, which means once I graduate, I will be certified to teach Elementary and Middle School.
  • The also offer a Masters in ESL.
  • They are regionally accredited and have the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

MORE REASONS WHY

Although those are the most important reasons why I chose WGU, there are others. Like, how their exams are proctored (via webcam or a local testing site). This is important because it means that the tests can not be open book tests. This makes the course more challenging because you have to actually LEARN the material not just look it up in a textbook or refer to your notes.

One of my hesitations (besides some of the bad reviews), was the fact that you are assigned a student mentor that stays with you during your entire time as a student at WGU. The requirement is to speak to your mentor once a week to see how things are progressing. If you know me, you know that I do not enjoy speaking on the phone. I do it ALL DAY at my job so the last thing I want to do is speak to a stranger once a week. But, the more I read about it, the more it made sense. This mentor is assigned to help you maintain your progress, navigate your course, assist with any problems you may have with school. They are a support system that keeps you accountable to your goals. This is EXACTLY what I need!

I’ve already been accepted into the program, I’ve done my orientation class and everything is in place for me to start the program on September 1st. I am looking forward to speaking with my student mentor this coming Monday, and I am SO excited to start this new journey. I finally feel like I’m on the right path.

Did you choose WGU? Why? Why not? If you are attending WGU, what is your degree program?

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