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Wyoming Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $58,420
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $59,780
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 17
Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

 

 

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/11/2018

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To become a certified teacher in Wyoming, you will need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Wyoming teaching credential application.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.

Step One: Wyoming Prerequisite Coursework

Generally, states require that certified teachers hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. While Wyoming does not have specific course or credit hour requirements, it does necessitate that student teaching be part of the licensure applicant’s teacher preparation program, as stated in the Wyoming Educator License Application Packet.

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Master’s Requirements

Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

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Step Two: Wyoming Teacher Preparation

The traditional route of teacher preparation in Wyoming includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. Coursework often includes instruction on foundational knowledge, skills, and pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), as well as preparation in researching, designing and implementing learning experiences in various fields of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and internships.

While an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources exist specifically for teachers. For more information, visit the Certification Map page on scholarships for teachers. For scholarships exclusive to teachers in Wyoming, visit the Certification Map page Wyoming Teacher Scholarships.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degrees are not in education, and who have not yet earned traditional teaching certificates, can still receive alternative teaching certificates by satisfying certain requirements. Wyoming offers one alternative program for secondary licensure through the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program. Visit the program’s website for more information.

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Step Three: Required Tests

As of November 2016, Wyoming requires examinations for only the following three areas of certification, as identified by the Praxis website:

Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

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157
157
155
159

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

Reading and Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science

Elementary Education

153

Middle School Social Studies

Social Studies Comprehensive (5-8)

158

School Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Social Studies Comprehensive (6-12)


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

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Step Four: Wyoming Application 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;
  • Be recommended by a teacher preparation program from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Pass fingerprinting clearance;
  • Submit all required applications, supplemental documents, and fees;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions.

Background Check

All applicants seeking initial teaching licensure in Wyoming must undergo a fingerprinting clearance. For more information, visit Wyoming’s Professional Teaching Standards Board.

Wyoming Teaching Jobs

Visit the Wyoming School Boards Association’s Job Vacancies webpage for a list of available positions, including teachers, administrators, superintendents, and district-wide posts. Wyoming also lists positions on Teachers-Teachers.com.

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Wyoming Certification Reciprocity

Wyoming will accept some teaching credentials from other states through interstate certification reciprocity. Contact the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board to inquire about your specific situation. Please see the Certification Map interstate certification reciprocity disclaimer page for more information.

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Wyoming Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Wyoming offers educational grants for teachers working in high-needs fields and low-income areas.
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Wyoming has no induction policies in place, according to the New Teacher Center.
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $58,420
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $59,780
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 17

Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Wyoming Certification Resources & Links

Cheyenne Office
122 W. 25th St. Suite E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7675

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