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Wyoming Certification Requirements
Wyoming Prerequisite Coursework
Wyoming Teacher Preparation
Wyoming Required Tests
Wyoming Certification Reciprocity
Wyoming Teacher Salary
Teacher Certification Information & Links
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To become a certified teacher in Wyoming, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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The Wyoming Department of Education requires all candidates seeking initial licensure to meet the following requirements:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution and submit all official transcripts
- Complete a regionally and state-approved teacher education program
- Undergo fingerprinting and background clearance
- Submit all required applications, supplemental documents and fees
- Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
All applicants seeking an initial teaching licensure in Wyoming must undergo a fingerprinting and background clearance on both a state and federal level. For more information, visit Wyoming’s Professional Teaching Standards Board.
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Wyoming, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Wyoming is coming soon!
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or 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.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Wyoming, visit our Wyoming Teacher Scholarships page.
As of September 2013, Wyoming requires Content Area assessment(s) for only the following three areas of certification:
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Elementary Education (k-6)
Middle School Social Studies
Social Studies (5-8)
School Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Social Studies (6-12)
Visit Wyoming’s Praxis Requirements for more information on teacher assessment requirements.
Wyoming will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Ohio. Contact the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.
- Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Wyoming provides differential pay support for teachers teaching in high needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
- Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Wyoming has no induction policies in place
- Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $56,330
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $57,750
- Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Wyoming makes 112% of the salary of the average worker in Wyoming
- Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15
Visit the Wyoming School Boards Association Job Vacancies for a complete list of available positions within the Department of Education. Vacancies include superintendent, administration, teaching, and district-wide positions.
Wyoming Substitute Teacher Requirements
Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Wyoming.
Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
307-777-6261 – Contact
- Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board
- Wyoming Teacher Tenure
- Troops to Teachers Wyoming: In Wyoming, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Lewis and Clark Region Office
- Teachers Test Prep: Free online Praxis Study Guides and Praxis Practice Tests, and a variety of preparation options to meet your individual needs, including prep classes, private tutoring, and online prep.