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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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Certification Requirements

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

Background Check

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.

Wyoming Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

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.

Wyoming Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

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.

Required Tests

As of September 2013, Wyoming requires Content Area assessment(s) for only the following three areas of certification:


Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

160

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Elementary Education (k-6)

153

Middle School Social Studies

Social Studies (5-8)

158

School Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Social Studies (6-12)

Visit Wyoming’s Praxis Requirements for more information on teacher assessment requirements.

Wyoming Certification Reciprocity

Wyoming will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.


Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming Teacher Salary

  • 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: The average elementary school teacher in Wyoming makes $56,330
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Wyoming makes $57,750
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Wyoming makes 112% of the salary of the average worker in Wyoming
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Wyoming receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

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.

Contact Information

    Wyoming Department of Education

    2300 Capitol Avenue

    Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor

    Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002

    307-777-6261 – Contact

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