As of 2017, Wyoming was facing a teacher shortage, especially in rural areas, in subjects such as math and English, according to the U.S. Department of Education. You can make a difference by becoming a teacher in this state. Here are the steps you need to take to become a licensed teacher in Wyoming.
Teacher Requirements for Wyoming
|Average Salary for Teachers in Wyoming (2017)*||$58,420 (Elementary School); $59,960 (Middle School); $59,780 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Education with an endorsement in the desired teaching area; course covering the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Elementary School); Praxis II Social Studies: Comprehensive Knowledge (Middle and High School Social Studies); PTSB Constitution (those with no coursework in this area)|
Step 1: Complete Your Degree
Anyone interested in becoming a teacher in Wyoming must earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. This degree must be in Education and include the endorsement area you plan to teach, such as Elementary Education or Middle School Science. The degree must also include a teacher preparation program and fieldwork in student teaching. Student teaching provides prospective teachers with real classroom experience before they teach full-time.
Upon completing their degree, applicants must obtain an Institutional Recommendation from the Dean of the College of Education or Certification Officer. This recommendation provides verification that the applicant has completed all education requirements for the Wyoming teaching license.
Step 2: Complete a Fingerprint Card and Background Check
All teachers must have fingerprint cards on file with the Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB). You can contact the PTSB for a fingerprint packet. Once the PTSB receives the fingerprint card, the office will conduct a background check with the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation. The background check becomes part of your file.
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Step 3: Demonstrate Knowledge of the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
You must show knowledge of both the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions to become licensed. This can be done through college coursework that covers U.S. history before 1865 or a Political Science course that includes study of the Constitutions. Anyone who doesn't meet this requirement through coursework must take two exams offered by the PTSB. The exams are multiple choice and can be taken at the PTSB office or any Wyoming school district administrative office. Contact the PTSB to register for the exams.
Step 4: Pass Any Required Tests
The PTSB does require tests for most prospective Wyoming teachers, with two exceptions. Those wishing to teach at an elementary school must take the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects tests. Those interested in teaching social studies at the middle school or high school level must take the Praxis II Social Studies: Comprehensive Knowledge tests.
Step 5: Complete Application
Once you have completed your education requirements and passed any needed tests, complete the application packet for an initial license provided by the PTSB. The application must include official transcripts documenting the degree and completion of the teacher preparation program.