Wyoming Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

Wyoming requires all aspiring teachers complete a teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to work in the state’s school system. The guide found below is a useful tool for finding teaching schools in Wyoming. In order to find the best option for your individual career goals, this page contains lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you are looking to start a new career as a teacher or fresh out of college, use this guide to help you find the best teaching program for your individual needs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 8 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Wyoming.1
  • 7 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 1 university offers a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 1 university offers a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 1 not-for-profit teacher program is accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Wyoming

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Wyoming (#127 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Wyoming (#69 tie)

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Wyoming according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Wyoming Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
University of WyomingYes98%81421285%$13,441

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Wyoming: The UW College of Education is housed at the main UW campus in Laramie, Wyoming. Since 1954, the College of Education has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and has been one of the shining stars on the UW campus since its inception. The college is called home by more than 1,700 students – the majority of them undergraduates seeking one of 20 majors in elementary education. Students at the undergrad and graduate levels have ample opportunities to conduct fieldwork through any of the partner schools and agencies UW has forged. Department faculty members and university leaders are currently engaged in two groundbreaking projects concerning student teacher assessment and STEM teaching. Both programs are being conducted with partner universities and government agencies throughout the country.

Laramie County Community College: Laramie County Community College is the largest two-year community college in the state and serves thousands of students seeking to enter the workforce or transfer to four-year institutions. Students interested in an education major can complete most of the general education requirements at Laramie CC then transfer to a baccalaureate institution to finish their bachelor’s degree. Laramie CC offers excellent academic preparation and intensive services to students. The college works closely with four-year institutions in the state and has several articulation agreements with four-year schools making the transfer process simple and easy for eager education majors. The school has agreements with in-state institutions such as the University of Wyoming among others.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Wyoming

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Casper College*
125 College Dr
Casper, WY 82601-4699
(307) 268-2110

Student Review: “The faculty have been wonderful, and I never have trouble getting help where I need it. As far as resources go, the program has helped me feel much more equipped for my career in education. We have several local elementary schools that I have had the opportunity to visit. During these visits, I’ve gotten to put skills like classroom management to good use, and have thus felt much more comfortable employing techniques for management. My only complaint would be about fellow students; however, they do little to detract from the quality of the program. Once I have my associates, I plan to apply these skills as a tutor while I continue to follow my educational path, and I can comfortably say that I will be well prepared because of this program.” – Student at Casper College

Central Wyoming College*
2660 Peck Ave
Riverton, WY 82501
(800) 735-8418

Eastern Wyoming College*
3200 West C St
Torrington, WY 82240-1699
(307) 532-8200

Northwest College-Powell*
231 W 6th St
Powell, WY 82435
(307) 754-6000

Sheridan College*
3059 S Coffeen Ave
Sheridan, WY 82801
(307) 674-6446

University of Wyoming
Corner of Ninth and Ivinson
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-1121

Student Review: “The University of Wyoming is a wonderful school located in picturesque Laramie, WY. 13,000 students call the University home every year. The school is large enough to provide all the amenities of the biggest colleges and universities, yet has a small university feel. The campus can easily be walked across in about fifteen minutes. The quality of the education is among the best. I had no problem finding a career with my degree from Wyoming. The University has been consistently ranked as one of the nations best public universities, as well as one of the best ten educations money can buy by Forbes magazine. The faculty at the University are extremely knowledgeable and helpful; they really care about student success. The facilities on campus are wonderful; many buildings are new and I really enjoyed the frequent interaction which I received with faculty and classmates. I would not hesitate to choose Wyoming if I went back for an advanced degree.” -Kyle D., student at University of Wyoming
Student Review: “My experience in the University of Wyoming teacher preparation program was a great experience. The classes were great and I learned a lot from my professors and other students of how to be a great teacher in my future classroom. My professors were great about being available when I needed if I had questions or just wanted advice. The student teaching part of the program was great and I was able to work one-on-one with a great mentor teacher at the grade level that I wanted to teacher and learned a lot from him about creating great lesson plans and teaching a class of students a subject that a lot of kids don’t like. The only thing I would change is the class sizes because there were some classes that I feel are two large for the professors to give quality time to each of there students.” – Student at University of Wyoming

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Tile
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of` Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx