WGU NC receives approval for teacher licensure programs

WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of Western Governors University, has received approval from the North Carolina State Board of Education for all of its initial teacher licensure preparation programs.

The school is the only fully online nonprofit university approved by the board to offer programs that allow prospective teachers to earn a degree or participate in a residency license program, previously known as lateral entry.

The program will offer programs in elementary education, middle and secondary math and science, as well as English and school administration. Currently, more than 3,500 students are enrolled at WGU NC, including nearly 600 in the Teachers College working toward their bachelor’s or master’s degrees in education.

“We are extremely pleased to have been notified by the Department of Public Instruction of the State Board of Education’s initial authorization of Educator Preparation Program approval,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “WGU has been educating working adults nationwide for over two decades and preparing them for rewarding career changes or advancement.”