Teaching Degrees in Wyoming

If you are looking to obtain a teaching degree in Wyoming there are some things you will want to know. Among these are:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Wyoming teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Wyoming.

Teaching Degrees in Wyoming

There are two accredited and approved teacher preparation programs in Wyoming, one at the University of Wyoming and the other at Eastern Wyoming College. The starting salary for a Wyoming teacher is 43,010; the average salary is $55,861, and 37.6% of the state’s educators have a master’s degree. Teachers with master’s degrees earn a yearly salary that is $5,050 higher than that earned by their counterparts with bachelor’s degrees.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Wyoming

There are a variety of scholarships and grants to help with the cost of earning a teaching degree in Wyoming. Some examples are:

Eastern Wyoming College Margaret Hageman Memorial Scholarship
This award is open to full-time non-traditional Wyoming resident students pursuing an education degree, who show academic ability and have financial need.

Eastern Wyoming College Kellie Burden Memorial Scholarship
This $100 scholarship is open to a freshman or sophomore Wyoming resident pursuing a degree in education.

Eastern Wyoming College: Kathryn Winship Scholarship
Applicants for these $1,500 awards must be high school graduates who will be pursuing a degree in education. Preference will be given to elementary education majors.

Eastern Wyoming College: P.E.O Chapter AK Scholarship
This $400 award is for a female student who has demonstrated financial need is seeking an academic vocational degree.

Wyoming Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program
Loans to University of Wyoming students in a teacher education program who agree to work as teachers in Wyoming. Requirements include pursuing certification in special education, mathematics, science, foreign language, reading and English as a second language.

Wyoming Teacher Certification

To obtain a teaching degree in Wyoming the prospective educator must complete at minimum a bachelor’s level program. Other certification requirements include:

  • Completion of an approved and accredited teacher preparation program and recommendation for licensure
  • Fingerprint criminal background and child abuse clearances
  • Passing of the Praxis II exams
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the US and WY Constitution

Wyoming teaching certificates are valid for 5 years. Renewing a license depends on the type of license you hold, but in general, requires five professional development or renewal credits. These credits can be college courses from accredited institutions or PTSB-approved workshops. Credits can also be applied from gaining National Board Certification.

Wyoming has an alternative certification program for secondary education through the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program, which allows applicants with a non-education bachelor’s degree to work as a teacher while pursuing a teaching license. Also, the Lewis and Clark Region Troops to Teachers program is available to armed services veterans.

Important Note: Wyoming accepts teaching credentials from out-of-state institutions so long as the transferring credentials are from institutions with standards that are equal or more stringent to the Wyoming.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Wyoming

The following resources provide additional information relevant to obtaining a teaching degree in Wyoming and maintaining this status.

Wyoming Education Association
This is the home page of the Wyoming professional organization for teachers and educators.

Wyoming Department of Labor
The Wyoming Department of Labor is an ideal resource concerning the labor and workforce issues in the state.

Wyoming Department of Education
This is the website of the state DOE and is a great resource for licensing and renewal policies and procedures as well as general education issues in the state.

Salary information
This page contains comparative information regarding average teacher salaries across the state over multiple years.

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