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1 Western Governors University Institutional Catalog

2 Western Governors University 001 South 700 East, Suite 700 Salt Lake City, UT Local Phone: Fax: May 015 Disclaimer: All information in this catalog is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between the University and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Information in this catalog is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, Western Governors University makes no guarantees of any kind. 1

3 Table of Contents Introduction to the Western Governors University Catalog...6 Identifying Data (Catalog Number and Publication Date)... 6 Western Governors University Overview....7 An Online University with a Mission... 7 About Our Students... 8 Competency- based Education... 8 Accreditation... 8 Regional Accreditation... 8 NCATE Accreditation... 9 CCNE Accreditation... 9 CAHIIM Accreditation... 9 Governance... 9 Board of Trustees... 9 National Advisory Board Academic Program Governance Faculty Composition Faculty Directory Institutional Calendar... 1 Institutional Enrollment Procedures and Entrance Requirements Student- Focused Admissions... 1 General Admissions Requirements... 1 State- Specific Admissions Requirements. 1 State- Specific Disclosures 1 Program- Specific Admissions Requirements Teachers College Admission Requirements..15 Steps and Deadlines for Enrollment into a Teachers College Program 15 Special Requirement for Programs Leading to Initial Teacher Certification.16 Special Requirements for Programs Leading to Endorsement..16 Additional requirements for entry into the B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-1) program Additional requirements for entry into the B.A. Science (5-9),

4 B.A. Science (5-1, Geosciences), B.A. Science (5-1, Biological Science) programs Additional requirements for entry into the B.A. Science (5-1, Chemistry), B.A. Science (5-1, Physics) programs Additional requirements for entry into the M.S. Educational Leadership program 17 College of Health Professions Admission Requirements Steps and Deadlines for Enrollment into the Online College of Health Professions Special requirements for WGU s B.S. in Nursing or M.S. Nursing (RN to MSN Option) Programs Special requirements for WGU s M.S. in Nursing (Education or Leadership and Management) Programs Special requirements for WGU s B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) Pilot Program College of Business Admission Requirements... 0 Steps and Deadlines for Enrollment into the College of Business... 0 Special Requirements for WGU s MBA Program... 1 College of Information Technology Admission Requirements... 1 Steps and Deadlines for Enrollmentinto the College of Information Technology... 1 Special Requirements for WGU s IT Programs... Policies and Procedures.... Institutional Attendance Policy... Learning Resources... Online Learning Resources... WGU Bookstore... On Time Progress to Graduation... Tuition and Financial Aid... Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy... Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress... Financial Aid Appeal for SAP... 5 Financial Aid Reinstatement... 6 Tuition and Fees Information...6

5 The WGU Grading System... 6 Progress Reporting... 7 Your Personal Degree Plan... 8 How Your Degree Plan Works... 8 Term Enrollment... 9 Start and End Dates... 9 Policy on Student Conduct; Causes for Dismissal; Conditions for Readmission... 9 Student Handbook... 9 Rights and Responsibilities... 9 Academic Authenticity... 9 Code of Student Conduct Description of Programs Offered WGU Online Teachers College.9 WGU Online College of Business.70 WGU Online College of Information Technology.79 WGU Online College of Health Professions..88 Course Descriptions. 9 Alumni and Career Services. 1 Delivery of Services...1 Resources for Students/Graduates.1 Records and Academic Services Policy for Granting Credit for Previous Education, Training, and Experience... 1 Transferability of Credit; Credit Transfer Limitations... 1 General Transfer Guidelines... 1 Program Specific Transfer Guidelines Transferring from WGU Refund and Cancellation Policy and Procedures Tuition and Fees Refund Determining Withdrawal Dates Calculating the Refund Refunds... 18

6 Tuition Refund Appeal Student Grievance and Complaint Procedure ADA Support Services..10 Description of Facilities and Equipment Used for Educational Programs...10 Access to Electronic and Hard Copy Catalog

7 Introduction to the Western Governors University Catalog As a wholly online university, Western Governors University (WGU) maintains information on its public Web site (http://www.wgu.edu), which serves as its catalog and provides detailed, up-to-date, and accurate information about the University, including program offerings and degrees, admission requirements, tuition and fees, student services, university accreditation, governance, and other critical information for prospective and enrolled students. WGU maintains the public Web site as the university s catalog of record and contract for catalog rights purposes. We produce a singlefile compendium (this document) at least annually to comply with the regulations of those states that require it. The required catalog information is copied and pasted directly from the WGU web site, Student Handbook, Program Guide Books, or other relevant WGU sources. Together, these topics and source materials constitute the Western Governors University Institutional Catalog. The catalog information is presented in the following format: The catalog information is presented in the following format: Descriptions, summary of presented information, items of contextual support or explanations, presented in underlined, bold, navy, italic print, are offered primarily when the WGU online competency-based model and terminology may need clarification. Web site hyperlinks, where applicable, will appear in underlined, blue print, e.g. Catalog number and publication dates are not applicable to the WGU electronic catalog, which is updated regularly to maintain ongoing Web site accuracy and relevance. The volume number and publication date for the printed catalog are: Volume Number: 5.1 Publication Date: June, 015 Electronic Table of Contents The Web site tabs, menus, and hyperlinks on the public Web site serve as the electronic catalog s table of contents. 6

8 Western Governors University Overview WGU is a fully accredited online university offering online bachelor's and master's degree programs. The vision of Western Governors University is to serve the needs of today's Information Age citizens. Now more than ever, people need easy access to affordable, practical education that will give them skills and knowledge they can take directly into the workplace. WGU meets that need directly by providing high-quality, accessible education in fields of study that are in demand. WGU does that through the use of technology to overcome barriers of time and distance. Through the use of the Internet, videoconferencing and other methods, students and teachers can get the valuable contact that is essential to the learning process without having to incur the expense and inconvenience of traveling to a campus. WGU awards its competency-based degrees based on what a student knows and can do, rather than on the number of hours a student spends in class or the number of credits earned. WGU does that by administering assessments that give a student an opportunity to demonstrate his or her mastery of a particular subject area. Those same assessments give an employer or prospective employer confidence in the student's abilities. An Online University with a Mission WGU is very mission driven. Created to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU s mission has remained one of helping hardworking adults meet their educational goals and improve their career opportunities. The mission of Western Governors University is to improve quality and expand access to post- secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time and place and to earn competency- based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers. To fulfill the mission, the founding governors also insisted that WGU help students achieve their dreams for a degree and career success by providing a personal, flexible, and affordable education based on real world competencies. Hence, WGU strives to serve as many students as possible including minorities, firstgeneration college students, those with modest incomes, and others whose lives or geographic locations do not allow them to attend traditional, campus-based colleges. 7

9 About Our Students Today s WGU student body is quite diverse. WGU has students in all 50 states and serves active-duty military personnel and their spouses at overseas military installations. The average age of the WGU student is about 6 with an age range from the 0s to the 60s. WGU students come from urban, suburban, and rural areas. Most are working full-time or parttime jobs while they are students. Most students who are pursuing a bachelor s degree already have some college experience. Competency- based Education Colleges and universities traditionally award credit for classroom hours attended, conferring degrees based on students completion of a certain set of courses for a given number of credit hours. As an online institution that provides its students the convenience of studying and completing coursework outside the classroom; however, WGU offers a competencybased program for completing its degree and certificate requirements. Competency-based programs allow students to demonstrate through assessments that they have acquired the set of competencies (levels of knowledge, skill, or ability) required for a particular degree or certificate. Adult students have often acquired many of the skills necessary for a degree through their life or previous work experience. WGU s competency-based system enables students to employ such previously learned skills in proving their competency. A team of faculty and other subject-matter experts have identified the required competencies for each degree offered at WGU. Competencies summarize the critical knowledge and skill levels essential for mastery of a particular field. WGU students demonstrate mastery of competencies by completing assessments. An assessment may be a traditional test, a project, an essay, or another practical demonstration of a required skill. Therefore, assessments come in many different forms, including: Assignments involving problem-solving in science or information technology; Computerized math examinations consisting of 50 multiple-choice, matching, and other question types; Projects requiring the student to design a lesson plan about American history; Reflection essays about case studies; and Research papers on particular topics within the student s field. Each assessment measures knowledge and skill in a given area through an appropriate means, allowing students to prove their competency in that content area. Accreditation Accreditation is important for the following reasons: Proof that outside evaluators have carefully reviewed an institution s programs and policies Credits are more likely to be transferable to other accredited institutions Your degree is more likely to be recognized by colleges and employers as a legitimate credential. WGU continues to be an institution with a broad focus and a mission to expand access to higher education. Accreditation is one of the many ways in which we ensure your success as a WGU Graduate. Regional Accreditation Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of the major accrediting commissions recognized by 8

10 the U.S. Department of Education. Regional accreditation is the highest form of accreditation. Western Governors University has the distinction of being the only university to receive regional accreditation simultaneously form four regional accrediting commissions. This was in part because of our founding by the governors of 19 U.S. states, which encompass a wide geographic region. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is now considered WGU s home accrediting body. NCATE Accredited The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the premier specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It accredits colleges of education that produce over two-thirds of the nation s new teacher graduates annually. The WGU Teachers College received unconditional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure. This means that all WGU teaching programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels were reviewed by this national accreditation agency. In addition, a number of WGU programs have been singled out for National Recognition by NCATE and the specialized professional associations that govern curriculum in those programs; in particular, currently all programs in mathematics, elementary education, science, social science, ELL/ESL, and technology have been awarded National Recognition. NCATE is a powerful endorsement of the quality of WGU s teacher education programs and one more assurance that you will receive a superior education at WGU. It is also difficult to obtain. The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn. This involved intensive interviews with students, faculty, graduates, school district personnel, and education experts. The process also involved a review of WGU student performance on national performance exams such as the Praxis II. Read more about the NCATE accreditation CCNE Accredited WGU s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CAHIIM Accredited WGU s health informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Governance WGU is governed by the Board of Trustees consisting of educators, industry leaders, and state governors. In addition, WGU continues to draw support (although no state funding) from the Governors of the Member States that were instrumental in the founding of WGU. The following link provides information about the Board of Trustees, including chairman and directors, National Advisory Board and other University Governance bodies: ustry Board of Trustees WGU is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of educators, industry leaders, and state governors. In addition, WGU continues to draw support (although no state funding) from the governors of the member states that were instrumental in the founding of WGU. 9

11 As of May 015, the trustees are: The Honorable Jim Geringer, Chairman Director, Policy & Public Sector, ESRI Governor of Wyoming, Frank Alvarez Chief Operating Officer Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Dr. Therese (Terry) Crane President Crane Associates Dr. Emily S. DeRocco Principal E Engage Educate Employ Robert Evanson Former President McGraw Hill Education The Honorable John Hickenlooper Governor State of Colorado The Honorable Gary Herbert Governor State of Utah Tammy Johns CEO Strategy & Talent Dr. Robert W. Mendenhall President Western Governors University Lenny Mendonca Director of Firm Knowledge McKinsey Global Knowledge David Simmons President Simmons Media Group Dr. Samuel H. Smith President Emeritus Washington State University Dr. Blenda Wilson Former President California State University, Northridge Dr. Joe Hairston Former Superintendent Baltimore County Public Schools National Advisory Board The WGU National Advisory Board (NAB) consists of major corporations and private foundations that provide ongoing support and advice to the university. The WGU National Advisory Board (NAB) was created in order to enhance the implementation of the WGU mission and aid in the strategic planning process of WGU. The NAB serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees and consists of a diverse group of industry representatives, currently including the fields of technology, publishing, and consulting. The primary aim of the NAB is to foster a global and visionary perspective for WGU. Current members include: AT&T CenturyLink Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Dell Google Hewlett-Packard Hospital Corporation of America Lumina Foundation J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Simmons Media Group Alfred P. Salon Foundation Tenet Healthcare Wasatch Property Management Zions Bank Microsoft Oracle 10

12 Academic Program Governance Academic programs are developed and guided by WGU administrators working through several councils comprised of academicians and industry experts in the various fields of knowledge. Each WGU academic program has a program council which is the official faculty governing body for a degree or certification program. Program councils, along with the program coordinator, are responsible for overseeing the development of the curriculum (including performance descriptions, subdomains and domains), overseeing all assessments, and updating the curriculum. In addition to program councils, an Assessment Council comprised of assessment experts is responsible for working with academic program councils, assessment development vendors and WGU assessment staff to ensure that the assessments developed are appropriate tests of the competencies identified by the program councils For a listing of members of the Academic Leadership, Assessment Council, Health Professions Program Council, Liberal Arts Program Council, Business Program Council, Information Technology Program Council, Education Program Council, please see links available at Faculty Composition WGU employs a disaggregated faculty model across the University. That is, the aggregated roles and tasks traditionally performed by university professors, such as meeting with and advising students, course or curriculum design, learning resource selection, instruction, and assessment, are effectively disaggregated or "unbundled. In concurrence with this disaggregated model, the jobs of individual WGU faculty members focus on single aspects of candidates academic experience. Within WGU, there are several essential faculty roles and associated tasks: Student Mentors provide overall academic support of candidates; Course Mentors provide content expertise and instructional help to candidates as they work to complete courses of study and prepare for assessment of competence; Product Managers develop, manage, and provide ongoing evaluation of academic programs and curriculum; Council Members provide academic expertise and industry experience; Adjunct Faculty evaluate assessments and perform clinical observation and evaluation of candidates in the Teachers College and in the Nursing Programs. Student Mentors For each student the primary faculty support is a personally assigned Student Mentor. The role of the Student Mentor is to provide continuous academic support from the moment an individual becomes a student to the time he or she graduates. This involves regularly scheduled academic progress conversations weekly or biweekly and active involvement in other aspects of the student s academic career. While not an expert in all subjects, the student mentor guides the student through the overall program and offers coaching and practical advice. Faculty Directory WGU Faculty members are listed in the Student Portal Web site, which cannot be accessed without a student or faculty username and password. We provide the link to this site just to demonstrate how students would access such a list. ectory.asp. 11

13 Institutional Calendar The traditional academic calendar with limited enrollment periods, holidays, and other significant dates is not applicable. In the WGU continuous-enrollment model, new groups of students start every month. Students can access learning resources, schedule assessments, view grader notes, and complete online performance assessments any time day or night, without regard to holidays and other significant dates. More information can be found at Programs Begin the First of Every Month Instead of semesters at which time many students begin (or continue) their programs, WGU starts new students at the beginning of each month, which launches a new "term." A "term" at WGU is six months in length. The six months that make up your term are based on when you begin your program. (For example, if you begin your program March 1st, your first term lasts from March 1st to August 1st. Your second term would begin September 1st.) Tuition is billed at a flat rate every term. You pay for the time, not by credit hour or by course. Institutional Enrollment Procedures and Entrance Requirements Student- Focused Admissions WGU opens its admissions to as many students as possible who have the capacity and determination to complete a rigorous WGU competency-based degree program. The admissions process is designed to help you and the online university reach an informed decision about your likelihood of success. For your convenience, WGU starts new groups of students in most degree programs every month. Currently, WGU programs do not require a minimum GPA (grade point average) or a specific score on either the SAT or the ACT. General Admissions Requirements Undergraduate Programs Prospective students seeking admission to WGU undergraduate degree program must be no less than 16 years of age. Prospective students seeking admission to WGU undergraduate or graduate licensure degree programs must be no less than 18 years of age at the time of clinical or field placement requirements. Furthermore, prospective students may not be incarcerated in a state or federal penal institution. Prospective students must also meet all other general and specific degree program admission requirements on the WGU website. Steps to Apply for Admission Fill out Application for Admission Have earned a high school diploma, GED, or provide equivalent Submit official transcripts of all prior academic work completed at community colleges, colleges, or universities you ve attended NOTE: If, for some reason, you are unable or do not wish to send prior transcripts, your Enrollment Counselor or Admissions Counselor can counsel you on available options Must be at least 16 years of age You also may need to submit proof of any specific professional certifications. These may help you clear specific degree requirements 1

14 See the Program-Specific Admissions Requirements below for additional admissions requirements Complete an Intake Interview with an Enrollment Counselor Graduate Programs To be admitted to a WGU Teacher's College initial licensure graduate program, candidates for admission must submit an official transcript with a baccalaureate degree posted to the transcript, and meet all content requirements based upon prior transcript review where applicable. The baccalaureate degree must be from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in the United States. To be admitted to a WGU Teacher's College non-licensure or endorsement graduate program, candidates for admission must submit an official transcript with a baccalaureate degree posted to the transcript. The baccalaureate degree must be from a regional or national accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or a foreign degree equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States. Candidates for admission into the educational leadership endorsement preparation program must also submit an official transcript with a master s degree posted to the transcript. Additionally, and where applicable, the candidate must provide a copy of their active and unencumbered teachers license (if seeking an endorsement to the current license). To be admitted to a WGU College of Health Professions graduate nursing program, candidates for admission must submit an official transcript with a baccalaureate degree posted to the transcript. The baccalaureate degree must be in nursing from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in the United States or a foreign degree equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States. program, candidates for admission must submit an official transcript with a baccalaureate degree posted to the transcript. The baccalaureate degree must be from a regional or national accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or a foreign degree equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States. Official verification of the degree must be received prior to the first day of the term in order for a student to be admitted for that term. Upon application to WGU, it is the student's obligation to immediately request an official transcript from the institution that awarded the degree. Occasionally, a two week extension may be given in those instances in which degrees have not yet been posted. Students who are given an extension, and fail to submit a transcript with a degree posted, will be administratively withdrawn from the term. For more information regarding state degree requirements, please click on the following link: States that Require a Bachelor's Degree from a Regionally Accredited College or University Steps to Apply for Admission Fill out Application for Admission Submit an official transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor s degree from a recognized, accredited institution. See Transferring for additional information about submission deadlines, etc. Submit official transcripts for all prior college academic work completed Must be at least 16 years of age Complete an Intake Interview with an Enrollment Counselor To be admitted to a WGU College of Business or College of Information Technology graduate 1

15 State- Specific Admissions Requirements Some states have additional requirements that have to be met by WGU students residing in said states. tate_requirements State- Specific Disclosures Alabama State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-1 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-1 school system(s). Arkansas Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution. Florida Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 5 West Gaines Street, Suite 11, Tallahassee, FL Toll-free telephone number Georgia Western Governors University students who reside in Georgia should be aware of the State of Georgia Non-public Postsecondary Education Commission s complaint process available at: Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission 08 East Exchange Place, Suite 0 Tucker, Georgia 008 (770)1-00 Iowa A student seeking an Iowa educator license is advised that successful completion of this institution's program(s) of educator preparation does not qualify you for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified in the state in which the preparation was completed. This institution shall assist a candidate in contacting the appropriate licensing board in the state in which the candidate's preparation was completed. This institution shall assist the candidate in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate's completion of this institution's program(s) of educator preparation. Louisiana Western Governors University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs 1

16 are certifiable by any professional agency or organization. Maryland Western Governors University is registered with the Commission to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs. Western Governors University is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Contact the Maryland Attorney General at: Consumer Protection Division 00 St. Paul Place Baltimore, MD 10 https://web.oag.state.md.us/editor/customer/onli neformhelpers/formviewer.aspx?filename=mug eneral.htm Consumer Protection Hotline: (10) Minnesota Western Governors University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 16A.61 to 16A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. Program- Specific Admissions Requirements Many programs have specific admissions requirements. Teachers College Admissions Requirements The WGU Teachers College is a recognized leader in online teacher education with students all over the country. Below are admissions requirements specific to Teachers College programs that are in addition to WGU s general admissions requirements. Steps and Deadlines for Enrollment into a Teachers College Program Below is the list of steps and their respective deadlines required for enrollment into an online teaching degree program: Click here if you d like a print-friendly version. 1. Apply for admission and pay the application fee Prospective students may apply for admission once ready. The application fee is $65. You can pay online using a credit card, mailing a check, or calling the Bursar s Office at , ext You must pay the application fee for your application to be fully processed. Note: WGU does not profit from application fees as they only offset a small portion of admission and enrollment costs.. Send in your official transcripts Transcripts from your prior college experience are required if you are seeking transfer credit, confirmation of sufficient background (for postbaccalaureate and master s licensure programs), or if you are looking to enroll into a graduate program. Official copies of your transcripts must arrive by the 1st of the month prior to your intended start 15

17 date for evaluation. For any Post-BACC or MAT program, the applicant must have completed all the major-specific content. Please make arrangements for the official copies to be sent to: Western Governors University ATTN: Transcripts Department 001 South 700 East, Suite 700 Salt Lake City, UT Complete the Readiness Assessment The WGU Readiness Assessment is a threepart online test designed to determine your likelihood of success at WGU. Your Enrollment Counselor can answer questions regarding this assessment.. Complete the Financial Aid application process (if necessary) If you intend to use federal financial aid to cover your tuition expenses, you will need to complete WGU s financial aid application process and be certified as eligible to receive aid no later than the nd of the month prior to your intended start date. An Enrollment Counselor can answer any questions you may have about the financial aid process. 5. Complete your Intake Interview The Intake Interview is a 0- to 0-minute phone-based interview that finalizes your enrollment and officially sets your program start date. This call is conducted by your Enrollment Counselor to ensure that you ve developed accurate and appropriate expectations of WGU and of your program. This step must be completed by the enrollment deadline (generally the 15th of the month prior to your start date). 6. Make tuition payment arrangements Tuition payment arrangements must be made by the nd of the month prior to your start date. A two-payment plan is available to those who are not using federal financial aid. Special Requirements for Programs Leading to Initial Teacher Certification Students who are seeking initial teacher licensure in a bachelor s, post-baccalaureate, or master s program must also pass a statespecific basic skills test for the state in which they live as a prerequisite to Demonstration Teaching (student teaching). (Registering and paying for the test is the student s responsibility.) This requirement can be met either prior to admission or before beginning the Foundations of Teaching subject area once you are in your WGU program. Other state specifics include: California, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas - States where WGU students are required to take a state-specific test. (The passing score is identified for each state according to the state s regulations.) Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington - States where WGU students can take either the statespecific basic skills test or the Praxis I. (Washington students also have the option to take California s CBEST test.) All other states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and international students - WGU students are required to take the Praxis I. WGU s teacher licensure programs also include Demonstration Teaching (student teaching). WGU requires all teacher certification program candidates to provide the university with verification of a cleared background check prior to placement in the classroom for Pre-Clinical Experiences and Demonstration Teaching. In addition, most states require that applicants for teacher certification complete a background check for the Department of Education prior to submitting all application paperwork Click here to learn more about becoming a licensed teacher at WGU Special Requirements for Programs Leading to Endorsement If you enroll in a program that also includes a special endorsement (for example, the M.A. in Mathematics Education, with an endorsement to teach 5-1 mathematics) and you plan to eventually apply for the endorsement, the following is required of you: A copy of a valid teaching license. 16

18 Official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor s degree from a recognized accredited university. An Enrollment Counselor will instruct you as to when and how to submit your teaching license prior to or during your program. You do not need to submit a copy of your license if you are not seeking the endorsement. Additional Requirements for Entry into the B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-1) Program You will be required to show proof of having completed a college-level Pre-calculus or Calculus course with a grade of C- or better. We require this prerequisite because our research has determined that students entering this program need to have demonstrated strong college-level mathematics abilities in order to handle the rigors of the challenging mathematics curriculum. The mathematics in this program goes far beyond Calculus and is roughly equivalent to a mathematics major. Additional Requirements for Entry into the B.A. Science (5-9), B.A. Science (5-1, Geosciences), B.A. Science (5-1, Biological Science) Programs You will be required to show proof of having completed both a College Algebra course and a Natural Science course with lab component (in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Geosciences) with a grade of C- or better. Note: The Natural Science course must have been completed within the last 10 years. We require these prerequisites because our research has determined that students entering these programs need to have demonstrated their ability to handle the rigors of both a difficult college-level mathematics course as well as a natural science course with a lab component. Additional Requirements for Entry into the B.A. Science (5-1, Chemistry), B.A. Science (5-1, Physics) Programs You will be required to show proof of having completed both a Pre-Calculus or Calculus course and a Natural Science course with lab component (in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Geosciences) with a grade of C- or better. Note: The Natural Science course must have been completed within the last 10 years. We require these prerequisites because our research has determined that students entering these programs need to have demonstrated their ability to handle the rigors of both a difficult college-level mathematics course as well as a natural science course with a lab component. Additional Requirements for Entry into the M.S. Educational Leadership Program Prior to entry into the M.S. Educational Leadership, you will be required to submit an essay and Practicum Site agreement. Click on the link below for more information about case study and practicum agreement. College of Health Professions Admissions Requirements College of Health Professions emphasize mastery of the skills and knowledge that are essential to success. Below are admissions requirements specific to College of Health Professions programs that are in addition to WGU s general admissions requirements. ents 17

19 Steps and Deadlines for Enrollment into a College of Health Professions Program Below is the list of steps and their respective deadlines required for enrollment into an online healthcare degree program: Click here if you d like a print-friendly version. 1. Apply for admission and pay the application fee You may apply for admission online at any time at once you re ready. The application fee is $65. You can pay online using a credit card. You can call the Bursar s Office at ext. 105 for help paying online. Note: WGU does not profit from application fees as they only offset a small portion of admission and enrollment costs.. Send in your official transcripts If you have prior college experience, you must submit official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Please order official transcripts now; they can take a few weeks to arrive. Your transcripts should be sent directly to WGU from the institution(s) you attended and must be received by the 1st of the month prior to your intended start date. Learn more about how to send in official transcripts at Please make arrangements for the official copies to be sent to: Western Governors University ATTN: Transcripts Department 001 South 700 East, Suite 700 Salt Lake City, UT Complete the Readiness Assessment The WGU Readiness Assessment is a threepart online test designed to determine your likelihood of success at WGU. Your Enrollment Counselor can answer questions regarding this assessment.. Be Admitted to WGU The admission decision is based on many factors, including your results from the Readiness Assessment, your prior college experience, and your commitment to devoting 15 or more hours per week to your studies. 5. Interview with your Enrollment Counselor You should have one or more interviews with your designated Enrollment Counselor to help determine if WGU is a good fit for you. The calls help ensure you have accurate and appropriate information about WGU, your program, and what will be expected of you. Your Enrollment Counselor must make a recommendation for you to be admitted. In addition, you ll need a 0- to 0-minute Intake Interview to finalize your enrollment and officially establish your program start date. (The Intake Interview needs to occur by the 15th of the month prior to your intended start date.) 6. Satisfy your first tuition obligation Your first tuition payment will be due by the nd of the month prior to your intended start date. If you plan to use financial aid, you need to start the financial aid process right after you pay your application fee. There is a two-payment plan available to those who are not using financial aid. We strongly encourage you to make tuition arrangements or finish the financial aid process sooner than the nd as this will permit you to begin your orientation, Education Without Boundaries, at any time after the 15th of the month. 7. Complete Orientation Once you are cleared to begin you can start your orientation, Education Without Boundaries. This orientation will acquaint you with WGU s unique competency-based academic approach and link you to the various learning resources you ll utilize throughout your program. You should complete orientation before starting your program on the first of the month. Special requirements for WGU s B.S. in Nursing or M.S. Nursing (RN to MSN Option) programs Must possess an associate s degree or diploma in nursing. Must possess a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license. Should be working in a position that requires use of nursing knowledge at time of application and enrollment. Must submit to a criminal background check through American Databank (www.wgucompliance.com). California 18

20 residents are also required to provide proof of current immunizations. Special requirements for WGU s M.S. in Nursing (Education or Leadership and Management) programs Must possess a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN). Must possess a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license. Must be actively working as an RN at the time of application and enrollment. Must submit to a criminal background check through American Databank (www.wgucompliance.com). California residents are also required to provide proof of current immunizations. Special requirements for WGU s B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) Program NOTICE: For the 01 programs, there will be limited clinical opportunities available in select hospitals in Southern California, Texas, Florida, Indiana and Utah. Because of limited clinical opportunities, this is a highly selective program. Future expansion is planned in these states and in additional states this year and beyond. WGU is now opening admissions to aspiring nurses in these select areas who have completed all prerequisites as outlined below. Enrollment into this program is conducted in two phases of admissions: Pre-Nursing Curriculum and the Clinical Nursing Program. To be considered for enrollment into the Pre- Nursing Curriculum, you must meet the following requirements: Take and pass the ATI TEAS V Exam at the Proficient, Advanced, or Exemplary Level. Click here to learn more about the TEAS V Exam. Submit a professional resume. Submit a letter of intent. Submit at least two professional letters of recommendation. (If currently working in the healthcare industry, one should be from your current employer.) Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions that show: o You have earned a bachelor s or associate s degree AND/OR o You have completed the program admissions prerequisites in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Behavioral Sciences o You have completed all nursingrelated science prerequisites in: Anatomy and Physiology I, II with Labs Microbiology with Lab Click here to see the specific assessment requirements Note: Preference will be given those individuals with a prior college degree. All prerequisites must be complete before an application for enrollment can be considered. For enrollment into the Clinical Nursing Program, you must meet the following requirements: If you meet the requirements above and wish to be considered for admission into the Clinical Nursing Program, you must be prepared to enroll, complete the Pre-Nursing Curriculum requirements, and apply for admission into the program. You must be at least 18 years of age before beginning the application process or participating in clinical experiences. Admission into the Clinical Nursing Program is competitive. Enrollment in the Pre-Nursing Curriculum is NOT a guarantee for admission into the Clinical Nursing Program. Approximately 60 days after enrollment into the Pre-Nursing Curriculum, if you qualify, you must apply for admission into the Clinical Nursing Program. To be considered for admission, the following support documentation must be provided by you as part of the application process: Proof of health insurance.. 19

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