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 Elementary Education 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. Demonstration teaching coursework, in the prior program, will not satisfy any course requirements in the BAES and MAES programs.
A student may graduate from WGU with a BAES or MAES and then return to complete a Masters of Teaching (MAT) degree. That information can be found in the BAES/MAES Graduates Returning for a MAT article.
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.