Alternative Teacher Certification in Wyoming
Educators can become certified in Wyoming through a traditional route or an out-of-state alternative route. Under certain circumstances, educators can also qualify for an exception authorization certificate. Read more below.
Info on Wyoming Alternative Certification for Educators
All educators in Wyoming are required to hold a bachelor's degree, and standard certificates also require passing exam scores and completion of a teacher education program that includes student teaching. Wyoming only offers alternative routes to certification to teachers who are already certified in another state. However, certain applicants may qualify for a 1-year exception authorization if they're unable to meet all requirements for a full certificate.
|Education/Experience Required||Bachelor's degree, student teaching, teacher education program|
|Exams Required||U.S. and Wyoming Constitution knowledge assessment |
Praxis or qualifying out-of-state assessment
|Certificate Validity Period||5 years (standard); 1 year (exception authorization)|
|CEU Credits Required Renewal||5 credits typically required for a standard certificate|
|Mean Salary (2018, statewide)||$32,610 (preschool); $57,390 (kindergarten); $58,940 (elementary); $60,750 (middle school); $60,620 (high school); $60,360 (career/tech, middle school); $59,330 (career/tech, high school)*|
|Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028, nationwide)||4% (all preschool, primary, secondary and special education teachers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Wyoming Certificates and Endorsements
Certification endorsements for Wyoming educators are available for grades K-6, 5-8 and 6-12. These teachers can provide instruction in subjects ranging from adaptive P.E. and art to computer science, history and social studies.
Early childhood/special education certifications are also available to individuals who want to teach children up to age 8.
Applying for Alternative Certification
Teachers who are already certified in another state can be certified in Wyoming if they have taught 3 out of the last 6 years in the state where they are fully certified. To apply for alternative certification, applicants can mail their application packet into the Professional Teaching Standards Board, or PTSB. Items required with the application include:
- 2 blue FBI fingerprint cards for a background check (plus a $50 fee)
- Official college transcripts
- Demonstration of U.S. and Wyoming Constitution knowledge (via college courses or proctored exam)
- Test scores (Praxis or qualifying out-of-state alternative)
- Work history, verification of employment, and a copy of an out-of-state certificate
- A processing fee of $200
An exception authorization is a one-year credential that can be obtained in extenuating circumstances and allows applicants to teach while they complete any remaining requirements for a standard certificate. The authorization can only be used for the job an educator is applying for (it cannot transfer to another position). Educators who qualify for this authorization may fall into one of the following categories:
- An educator who meets all requirements for full licensure except for passing test scores
- An educator who has completed a four-year degree but not a teacher education program
- An educator who is certified out of state but did not complete a teacher preparation program or teach 3 out of the last 6 years
- A currently certified educator who is assigned to teach in an area not covered by their current certificate
In order to renew a teaching certificate in Wyoming, educators are required to complete certain professional development credits. Each certificate or endorsement may require different credits, and those requirements are listed on the back of the physical certificate; most certificates require five professional development credits for renewal. Renewals can be completed online or via mail and have a $100 processing fee.
Educators who previously held a certificate that is no longer valid will apply for a reinstatement and pay a $250 processing fee.
Certifications can be expanded by adding endorsements when renewed. To add an endorsement, educators will need to complete any additional requirements for that endorsement and include verification of those within their renewal application. There is no additional fee for adding an endorsement on a renewal.