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National Council on Teacher Quality Names WGU’s Teachers College a ‘Best Value’

News Brief - 10/8/15

Online, competency-based university’s Teachers College tops list of 1,100 colleges and programs

SEATTLE — Western Governors University’s (WGU) Teachers College has again earned top honors in the nation, this time for being named the “best value” in teacher education by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). WGU Washington is the locally-based affiliate of WGU and offers the same, acclaimed student experience.

WGU’s Teachers College rated higher than 1,100 other education programs and schools across the nation. The NCTQ scored the online, competency-based university better on a combination of factors, including quality, affordability, and how well the school prepares future teachers for the realities of the classroom.

The ratings are the first of its kind by a national education policy organization. They analyzed undergraduate and graduate programs specializing in elementary or secondary teacher preparation. WGU received an “A” grade for its secondary education programs.

In addition, the NCTQ has ranked WGU’s secondary teacher preparation program as the top program in the nation in terms of quality from a list of 2,400 programs, and WGU was one of only 10 institutions named to the top lists for both elementary and secondary teacher education.

“I believe this latest honor from the NCTQ further validates our university’s competency-based model,” said WGU Washington Chancellor Jean Floten. “Washingtonians with a passion to teach and shape young minds are able to earn a high-quality education — and do so with little or even no debt.”

In addition to their proven quality, WGU’s Teachers College programs are affordable. Tuition is only about $6,000 per year. WGU’s competency-based learning model allows students to study and learn at their own pace, moving quickly through what they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. This allows many students to accelerate their studies, finishing faster, which saves not only time, but money.

WGU’s Teachers College — the largest single provider of STEM educators in the U.S. — boasts more than 2,000 current students and 2,500 graduates in Washington state. Because WGU develops its curriculum in collaboration with educational leaders across the country, WGU graduates are well prepared to teach in today’s classrooms. Graduates of WGU’s teacher preparation programs can be licensed in all 50 states, and last year, 100% of WGU graduates who applied for teaching licenses were successful.

For more information, go to http://washington.wgu.edu/education.

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