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Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Wyoming
Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. Teach.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 10/31/2016
To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Wyoming, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
Step Four: Submit a Wyoming teaching credential application.
Continue below for more information.
Earn Your Wyoming Teaching Credential
In order to earn your Wyoming teaching credential you will have to complete pre-requisite coursework and standardized testing specific to the requirements of the state Professional Teaching Standards Board. If you hold a teaching credential from another state, you may be eligible for a Wyoming credential through the process of interstate reciprocity.
Generally, states require that certified teachers hold, at the minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Wyoming does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, but it does necessitate that student teaching be part of the Educator Preparation Program. Additionally, every Program will have requirements of its own. Contact your program or the Professional Teaching Standards Board for more information.
Step Two: Wyoming Teacher Certification Programs
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (the art and science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching and an internship.
Step Three: Required Tests for Wyoming
The Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board necessitates testing according to license and content. Teachers applying for initial licensure with endorsements in Elementary Education or Social Studies Composite must complete the relevant Praxis II exams. The specific tests required are listed on the board’s website.
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Alternative Certification in Wyoming
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree are not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Wyoming offers an alternative program for secondary licensure through the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program. Visit the program’s website for more information. The Lewis and Clark Region Troops to Teachers program also offers an alternative route to licensure in Wyoming, specifically for qualified military personnel looking to transition from the armed services to service in public school classrooms.
As a teacher with a master's degree in the field of education in Wyoming, you can have considerable job security and high demand – not to mention better compensation. In the Fremont County School District, for example, teachers holding a master’s degree make at least $1,500 more each year than their co-workers who hold only their bachelor’s degrees.
Wyoming participates in interstate reciprocity for teachers holding out-of-state teaching licenses. This, however, assumes a policy of equal exchange, meaning that the requirements an applicant fulfilled to obtain certification must be equivalent to the requirements in Wyoming. Equivalent standards include:
Completion of a regionally or nationally accredited teacher education program;
Supervised student teaching;
Passing the required test(s) for the state in which you hold a teaching license;
Added endorsements are recognized in the same manner as described above.
There are several forms of aid available to teachers pursuing their Master’s in Teaching. The TEACH Grant, for example, offers financial aid in return for teaching full time in a high-need field at a low-income school for at least four academic years. Similarly, the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program allows teachers to teach full-time at a low-income school for five years in exchange for forgiveness of up to $17,500 of student loans. The college or university where you plan to attain your master’s degree may also offer its own aid.
The Wyoming Retirement System (WRS) offers two types of retirement benefits: pensions and deferred compensation. Pension plans for teachers differ according to when the first contribution was made, putting beneficiaries in one of two tiers which determine eligibility age, service credit multiplier, and duration for highest average salary. To learn more about your specific circumstances, contact WRS.
The Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) oversees both certification and professional development for Wyoming teachers. You can find information on various professional development workshops, approved university programs, and additional education resources on the PTSB website.
The Wyoming School Boards Association publishes an online list of education jobs in the state, including teaching positions, administrative positions, superintendent positions, and district-wide positions. Check back frequently as new listings are provided as needed. Wyoming also lists positions on the Teachers-Teachers website.