Wyoming Substitute Teacher License

As of 2017, Wyoming employs more than 2,900 substitute educators, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here's what it takes to receive the licensing necessary to become a substitute teacher in Wyoming.

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Substitute teachers provide a valuable service to schools by filling in when full-time teachers are unable to make it to work. These educators may also be asked to fill in for full-time teachers who need to take an extended leave of absence, as in the case of maternity leave. To be a substitute teacher in Wyoming, individuals need to meet the requirements established by the Wyoming Department of Education and the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB).

Wyoming Substitute Teacher General Information

Average Salary for Substitute Teacher in Wyoming (2017)* $30,440
Required Degree High school diploma or GED
Degree Field General education classes
Testing Requirements United States Constitution Exam, Wyoming Constitution Exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Licensure with a Degree or College Credits

One of the most common routes to becoming a licensed substitute teacher involves receiving the necessary education through an accredited college or university. These students must complete at least 60 semester hours or receive an associate's degree to meet minimum requirements.

Additionally, students must successfully demonstrate knowledge of both the United States Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution by completing exams on each. The PTSB offers two 20-question multiple choice exams which can be completed at a Wyoming school district office or the PTSB office. Alternatively, students can show their knowledge through coursework covering U.S. history prior to 1865 with a focus on the Constitution. Political science courses may also count toward the requirement if the Constitution was studied during class.

Finally, students wishing to receive licensure via college credit will need to pass a comprehensive background check with fingerprinting. After these steps are completed, the student can complete an application packed for a Wyoming Educator Permit, which is available through the PTSB website. This license is valid for five years and must be renewed before expiring.

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Alternative Licensure

Students who choose to become Wyoming substitute teachers without pursuing post-secondary education will need to complete a different set of requirements than those who receive licensure through a college program. However, this route does have similarities.

Prospective substitute teachers who wish to receive licensure without a college degree must hold a minimum of a high school diploma or GED to be considered. In addition, these prospective teachers must complete 24 classroom hours of school district in-service training as well as 30 classroom hours of classroom observation. Of these 30 hours, 10 must be completed at the elementary school level, 10 must be completed at the middle school level, and 10 must be completed at the high school level to ensure adequate preparedness. These hours will need to be recorded and submitted to the PTSB.

Prospective substitute teachers who choose the alternative path will also need to complete the United States Constitution and Wyoming Constitution exams. These are the same exams taken by students pursuing licensure via college training.

Finally, all alternative path substitute teacher candidates will need to complete the application packet for a Wyoming Educator Permit, which is available on the PTSB website. This license is valid for five years and must be renewed before expiring.

Lifetime Permit Option

Retired educators wishing to pursue a substitute teaching license have the option to gain a Lifetime Substitute Teacher Permit. This permit is offered only to previously licensed teachers who held a valid license at the time of retirement and have retired from full-time work in the profession. These educators are licensed to work in any Wyoming classroom from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Resources for Prospective Substitute Teachers

Additional resources for those looking to become substitute teachers in Wyoming can be found using the links below.

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