The Wyoming Teaching and Certification Resource
In order to work in the Wyoming public education system, aspiring teachers must first obtain a Wyoming teacher certification by following one of the various pathways stipulated by the state. The Professional Teaching Standards Board within the Wyoming Department of Education oversees the certification process, which is outlined in detail below.
How to Become a Teacher in Wyoming
Applicants who are seeking teaching certification in Wyoming must meet certain requirements before being eligible for certification. Like most states, all teachers must hold a bachelor’s degree, complete a Wyoming teachers certification program and pass the required content exams.
Teaching certification in Wyoming is offered in a variety of areas: birth to age 5, birth to age 8 or grade 3, elementary level (K-6), middle level (grades 5-8), secondary level (grades 6-12), special education (grade bands correspond with elementary, middle, and secondary), and K-12 (art, music, physical education, foreign language, etc.). Applicants interested in special education certification should note that there are individual certification areas that correspond with disability categories.
For those experienced teachers looking for reciprocity in Wyoming, it is possible provided applicants meet all of the remaining requirements. For more detailed information on reciprocity and the Wyoming teacher certification renewal process, applicants should contact the Professional Teaching Standards Board.
Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in Wyoming
Perhaps the most important step towards obtaining a teaching certification in Wyoming is completing an approved teacher preparation program in an accredited school.The US Department of Education oversees six accreditation agencies that accredit schools based on regional location. Wyoming schools are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Therefore, when evaluating teacher preparation schools, applicants should confirm that the school is NCA approved. Furthermore, anyone considering an online teacher certification program should confirm that the host school is accredited by the corresponding regional accreditation agency.
In addition to the regional accreditation, most states look for an accreditation from the national accreditation agency, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparedness or CAEP. CAEP was formed from the merger between NCATE and TEAC, two former accreditation bodies. These two organizations were held in high esteem by the US Department of Education and under the new name, CAEP will continue to accredit schools based on the same rigorous standards. Although a CAEP accreditation may not be madatory for state approval, it is a marker of high standards in terms of curriculum and process and most schools will apply for it because of its outstanding repuation.
See our list of CAEP accredited schools in Wyoming.
- I want to be a teacher in Wyoming, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Wyoming’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
Wyoming Teacher Education Requirements
The most traditional route to Wyoming teacher certification is through the completion of a teacher education program from a regionally or nationally accredited university. Like most states, Wyoming requires that these programs contain a student teaching component and recommendation for licensure by the certification officer at the university. In addition to documentation of the educational preparation, applicants must submit to a background check and fingerprinting, either have coursework or pass an exam related to the US and Wyoming Constitutions, and pass the required tests for certification.
The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects 100 average annual job openings for elementary school teachers, 40 average annual job openings for middle school teachers, and 70 average annual job openings for secondary school teachers in Wyoming through 2022. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 5,590 elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in Wyoming, excluding teachers in special education (2013). Elementary school teachers in Wyoming earn an average annual salary of $57,470, middle school teachers earn an average annual salary of $60,330, and secondary school teachers earn an average annual salary of $59,440 (BLS 2013). The Wyoming Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association, is a good resource for new or experienced teachers interested in working in Wyoming and lists state policy updates and local employment opportunities.
Wyoming Teacher Testing Requirements
Not every applicant must take the Praxis exam to make them eligible for teaching certification in Wyoming. In fact, only those seeking elementary education certification must pass the Praxis II exam called Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. The other area is the Social Studies Composite certificate; applicants for this must take the Praxis II exam called Social Studies: Content Knowledge. At this time, no other applicants need to take a test to be eligible for certification in Wyoming.
Additional Wyoming Teacher Certification Requirements
Wyoming law requires anyone applying for Wyoming educator certification to submit to a full state and federal background check. Applicants must request a fingerprint card in order to begin the process. Most local law enforcement offices offer official fingerprinting services.
Wyoming Teachers Licensing Application Process
Once all of the steps towards Wyoming teacher certification have been completed, applicants should send in the following documentation to the state’s Department of Education:
- Transcripts verifying a bachelor’s degree
- Verification of approved preparation program including student teaching
- An Institutional Recommendation, signed by an authorized official
- Clearance of fingerprinting and background check
- Passing score on the required Praxis exams
- A completed application for Wyoming teacher certification
- Payment of the non-refundable processing fee
Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-2060
Phone: (307) 777-7690
Fax: (307) 777-6234
Visit the state’s Department of Education for further details on Wyoming teacher certification.
Wyoming Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||2,810||$58,680|
|Middle School Teachers||1,060||$61,400|
|Secondary School Teachers||1,980||$60,100|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Wyoming
Question: How do I become a high school teacher in Wyoming?
Answer: You must earn an educator license through the state to become a Wyoming high school teacher. To get the license, you must first have a bachelor’s degree in the subject you will be teaching. You must also complete a teacher preparation program with a student teaching component in a high school setting. You must also pass the Praxis exams and a background check.
Teaching and Education Programs
1. Wyoming State Department of Education: http://edu.wyoming.gov/Default.aspx
2. Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board: http://ptsb.state.wy.us/
3. US Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg6.html
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ak.htm#25-0000
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