Become a Teacher in Wyoming

Wyoming Highlights


Avg. Elementary School Teacher Salary $58,500
Avg. Secondary School Teacher Salary $58,560
Vacation Weeks per Year 17
Pupil/Teacher Ratio 12.27
Expenditure per Pupil $15,797

Teacher salaries are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.


WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

http://edu.wyoming.gov
2300 Capitol Avenue Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050
(307) 777-7690

Wyoming Teacher Shortage Areas

A teacher shortage area is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as “an area of specific grade, subject matter or discipline classification, or a geographic area in which … there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary school teachers.” The Department allows states to identify their own teacher shortage areas, but encourages them to follow a prescribed methodology based on unfilled teaching positions, teaching positions filled by instructors with irregular certifications, and positions filled by teachers certified in other subject areas.

  • Elementary Grades (Core Subjects)
  • English (Including Middle Language Arts)
  • English Learner Education
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Health
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Secondary Sciences
  • Spanish
  • Special Education

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 Three: Pass required exams.
  • 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.

Learn more about earning your teaching credential in Wyoming on the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards website. Read more about getting your teaching credential in general on the Teach and Certification Map websites

Step One: Prerequisite Coursework in Wyoming

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.

You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.

Read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.

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The Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) is for aspiring teachers who want to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become great educators.

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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.

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Benefits of a Master's Degree in Wyoming

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.

Learn more about the benefits of a Master of Arts in Teaching vs. Master of Education on Teach.com.

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Certification Reciprocity in Wyoming

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.

For more details on reciprocity please review the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement on Reciprocity or visit the Teach.com reciprocity page.

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Financial Aid in Wyoming

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.

Learn more about how to finance your master's degree on Teach.com. 

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Wyoming Teacher Salary and Incentives

According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Wyoming ranked 16th among states for teacher pay in 2013, with an average salary of $57,920. Overall, salaries for teachers in Wyoming vary widely by county, with base salaries reported from $40,000to $56,521 in 2016, according to the Wyoming School Boards Association.

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Wyoming Teacher Benefits and Retirement

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.

Learn more about benefits for teachers on Teach.com.

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Professional Development for Teachers in Wyoming

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.

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Wyoming Teaching Jobs

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.

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