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.
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.