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Wyoming Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

Wyoming requires all aspiring teachers to complete an educator 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.

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Table of Contents
Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
Student Reviews


Comparison of Wyoming Schools with 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 (WDE) 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.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2019-2020 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. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Wyoming traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, 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).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Net Price1
University of WyomingYes79124778%$10,452

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Wyoming

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023

  • University of Wyoming (#153 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • University of Wyoming (#214 tie)

Select Wyoming Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

Laramie County Community College

Laramie County Community College (LCCC) has its main campus in Cheyenne and provides students the ability to complete many of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at a lower cost and smaller class size via an associate’s degree. At LCCC, the education department offers two Associate of Arts (AA) degrees. The AA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education degree is for students who wish to teach in an elementary K-6 setting, while the AA in Secondary Education is for students wishing to teach grades 7-12. Both degrees are offered on the Cheyenne campus and online, allowing students the flexibility to study from anywhere. Students who complete these degrees will still need to transfer to a college or university with a bachelor’s program to become licensed as a teacher; however, LCCC has agreements with universities such as Valley City State University in North Dakota to help students make that transfer easier.

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming (UW) College of Education offers a wide variety of programs to prepare students for a career in education. For undergraduate students, UW offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Early Education and a BA dual-major in Early Education & Special Education. Students who wish to become certified middle or high school teachers major in Secondary Education along with the subject that they intend to teach, including English, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Secondary Science, and Social Studies. Students can also receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Agricultural Education or become part of the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) online-only program in Secondary Career & Technical Education. All graduate degrees are offered online, including the Master of Arts (MA) in Education and the Doctor of Education (EdD) in???. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Curriculum and Instruction is largely online but includes an in-person residency requirement. For students seeking teaching endorsements, UW offers Birth to Five, Birth to Eight, Early Childhood Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Literacy options. UW also offers graduate certificates in Teaching Elementary Education and Teaching Secondary Education; some of the units taken in these programs count towards a graduate degree at UW. Finally, the school offers an alternative licensure pathway for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another subject, preparing them for state licensure as a teacher.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Casper College
125 College Dr
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 268-2100
www.caspercollege.edu

Central Wyoming College
Main Campus
2660 Peck Ave
Riverton, WY 82501
(307) 855-2000
www.cwc.edu

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

Laramie County Community College
1400 E College Dr
Cheyenne, WY 82007
(307) 778-5222
www.lccc.wy.edu

Northern Wyoming Community College District–Sheridan
1 Whitney Way
Sheridan, WY 82801
(307) 675-0505
www.sheridan.edu

Northwest College
231 W 6th St
Powell, WY 82435
(307) 754-6000
www.nwc.edu

Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr
Rock Springs, WY 82901
(307) 382-1600
www.westernwyoming.edu

Student Reviews

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
(307) 268-2100
https://www.caspercollege.edu/

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
stars-3

University of Wyoming
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-1121
https://www.uwyo.edu/

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
stars-5
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
stars-4

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2021 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx