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"Still Worth the Money"
I would give WGU 3.5 stars out of 5. I recommend WGU mostly because of price. Many private colleges are not worth the price: professor quality varies greatly or graduate students might teach you. WGU is a financially sound decision if you learn on time or accelerate your pace. It can be a double edge sword financially if you fall behind, and take longer to finish your degree. WGU's Business and IT program has won awards from the US Distance Learning Association. The Education school has not. Mathematics Education at WGU pros and cons: Pro- Teach yourself at your own pace. WGU will give you a textbook and a Math mentor who may point you to useful resources. Con- The Course of Study only tells you what chapters to read. It should provide more resources and could be better to help facilitate the Self learner. Con- doesn't offer educational psychology class (Needed on some state teacher tests) Con- You will write math essays that are scrutinized by an examiner meticulously and possibly repeatedly. Most essays are irrelevant to math pedagogy and more on pure math. Con- There are more effective online learning models than Pearson, which WGU uses. WGU’s pearson should take note of Coursera and edX math classes. Ex: Linear algebra is offered online for free at MIT and Abstract algebra is for free online by Harvard. WGU should redesign its Course of study so WGU students could reach the level of learning by Harvard and MIT. Con- Courses should be designed to for math teaching pedagogy, not Pure Math. Comparing it to Georgia's online Math Teaching Programing, WGU's essay assignments are things "You will not need when teaching". I still recommend WGU for the price. For those who work, this is the most flexible in terms of fitting your schedule and convenience. It gives you a lot of freedom and control in pacing of the class. You can afford WGU. Other colleges may result in un-payable debt. WGU has a lot of potential to be even better. I hope WGU's courses start to emulate or link with Coursera and edX models, and Harvard and MIT's free math course offerings to make WGU's math program stronger. WGU needs to redesign its course syllabii to offer more resource links to Self Learners who need more than a textbook to learn. WGU needs to choose better math textbooks for it's math program as well. Thomas' Calculus sucks, Larson's is better--> Pennywise is better. Blitzer's Pre-algebra is very dry. Triola's Stats are too basic and repetitive. Pro- If you have a math background, math major, this program should be a breeze Con- If you don't have a math background the more complicated math will be a struggle. For multivariable calculus, Linear algebra, and abstract algebra, WGU should offer more explanations of the more complex concepts to facilitate textbook learning