Most states now make efforts to make teaching careers accessible to people from all backgrounds and areas who have much to offer in a learning environment. Traditionally, aspiring teachers in Wyoming have to obtain a bachelor's degree in education and undertake an approved teacher preparation program in their relevant subject area. Wyoming does not actually have a state-approved alternative teacher certification pathway but does recognize certain alternative programs from other states. Additionally, options exist for individuals who hold non-education degrees and wish to move into a teaching career in the state.
Alternative Teacher Certification Requirements in Wyoming
|Average Salary for Teachers in Wyoming (2017)*||$58,420 (Elementary), $59,960 (Middle), $59,780 (Secondary)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis subject area test|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Candidates must already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university/college. They must then complete a teacher preparation program, graduate certificate program, or master's degree in education. Candidates will need to maintain a 2.5 GPA during these courses.
Teacher candidates who have completed an out-of-state alternative licensing program at a regionally accredited higher education institute may be able to obtain a Wyoming teacher license if they taught for at least three years out of the last six in the state where they were fully licensed in their chosen endorsement area. Candidates considering undertaking an out-of-state licensing program should check and consult with the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) as to whether it satisfies their licensure requirements.
When candidates are nearing the end of their appropriate graduate educator program, they will need to successfully pass the Praxis subject area test that is appropriate for the content area and grade level(s) they eventually wish to teach. The tests are administered by ETS and candidates can register for their relevant tests through their website.
Applying for a Wyoming Standard Educator License
Once alternative teacher certification candidates have satisfied the education and testing requirements they can apply for their Standard Educator License. The application form can be accessed on the PTSB website.
As part of the application candidates will need to submit two blue FBI fingerprint cards which can be obtained from the PTSB who can also advise on where to get fingerprinted.
When completing the application form, a representative from the candidate's Alternative Route Certification Program must complete section II (5) of the form and attach a letter which details their institution's program requirements.
In addition, candidates who completed an out-of-state alternative licensure program should include the following with their application:
- Verification of full-time teaching experience for the last ten years signed by the relevant school representatives.
- Copy of their current teacher license or certificate from their state.
- Praxis II or equivalent exam transcripts
- Documentation detailing the program requirements of the candidate's completed educator preparation program and verification of program completion.
Completed forms should be sent to the PTSB.
Teacher Certification Resources
Wyoming teacher candidates should click on the following link to access our study materials which provide help in preparing for their Praxis certification exams: