3 Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Wyoming
Want to become a teacher in the great state of Wyoming? If so, you have come to the right place. Below you will find a short article that lists the steps to becoming a teacher in Wyoming.
Step 1: Complete an Approved Teacher Preparation Program
To teach in the U.S., educators must hold at least an undergraduate degree. The state of Wyoming also requires students to complete a state-approved teacher education program to receive certification. Wyoming does not list specific course or semester-hour requirements, but it does necessitate that student teaching be part of the Educator Preparation Program. Additionally, every Program will have elements of its own. Contact your program or the Professional Teaching Standards Board for more information.
Teacher education includes the completion of an accredited teacher preparation program. Typically, teacher preparation programs consist of a combination of curriculum and field experiences. The curriculum often includes instruction on basic knowledge and skills, pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, create and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The field experiences component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.
Step 2: Complete the Required Exams
The Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board necessitates testing according to license and content. Educators applying for initial licensure with endorsements in Elementary Education or Social Studies Composite must complete the relevant Praxis II exams. The specific exams required are listed on the board’s website. Learn more about earning your teaching credential in Wyoming on the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards website.
Step 3: Submit a Wyoming Teaching Credential Application
After finishing all requirements for initial licensure, fill out the licensure application form, and provide the PTSB with accompanying documents. An initial in-state educator’s license requires an application fee of $150, while an out-of-state license has an application fee of $200. Educators who meet the requirements can find the application form here. Candidates should send their completed forms with the required documents to: Professional Teaching Standards Board, 1920 Thomes Avenue, Suite 400, Cheyenne, WY 8200.