BAES/MAES Bachelor of Arts or Masters Degree in Education Studies

The BAES and MAES programs are non-licensure programs available to students who begin an initial licensure program at Western Governors University (WGU) and later determine that they cannot or do not wish to pursue a teaching degree. These programs are not available to prospective students who are newly enrolling at WGU.

If a student should change programs into either the BAES or MAES program, then all missing content courses required in the Interdisciplinary Studies must be satisfied through either transfer credit or course completion. Please be advised that successful completion of the Educational Theory, Reasoning and Problem Solving, and Integration courses is required to graduate from the BAES or MAES programs, and this coursework cannot be satisfied by the previously completion of Demonstration Teaching coursework.

A student may graduate from WGU with a BAES or MAES and then return to complete a Masters of Teaching (MAT) degree, as long as the following requirements are met:


  1. There are no outstanding or previously unresolved disposition concerns.
  2. The change to a non-licensure program did not result from a disposition concern that prevented the completion of required field experiences.


Please note that a BAES or MAES graduate must first appeal for approval to attempt or repeat demonstration teaching through WGU’s Teacher Success (opens new window) team before achieving admission to their MAT program. This appeal process is explained the Field Experience Handbook for Initial Licensure Programs (opens new window) located in this student handbook. Please note that a passing Basic Skills Exam score is required for a BAES graduate who wishes to return to complete an MAT licensure program.


If a student has no outstanding reasons why they cannot re-enroll in a licensure program at WGU and received approval of their appeal to attempt or repeat demonstration teaching from Teacher Success, then the BAES graduate may be approved to enroll in an MAT program and engage their demonstration teaching coursework along with all coursework required for program completion. Students who return to complete the MAT will be enrolled in the most current program version and will be held to all new program admissions requirements.


The Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and the Master of Arts in Educational Studies programs are not state approved educator preparation programs. These programs do not lead to teacher licensure, certification, or endorsement in any state or territory. These programs will not lead to eligibility for a recommendation for teacher licensure or any other assistance from WGU in pursuit of a teaching license from any state or territory.




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