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Certificate & Endorsement Programs

College of Education

The College of Education offers both UW certificates and programs that lead to either initial certification or additional endorsements by Wyoming's Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB). PTSB certification is the initial certification for teachers to be licensed in the state of Wyoming. PTSB endorsements are additional areas of teaching endorsement that are added to an initial teaching certificate. UW certificates lead to notations on UW transcripts and official UW certificates, but do not lead to add-on PTSB endorsements unless specifically stated.

Community College Leadership

The graduate certificate in Community College Leadership provides aspiring leaders at community colleges with a 15-credit hour, focused program of study that will prepare them for more effective and efficient leadership service at their institution. The program is primarily intended as a Post-Masters credential, supplementing a student’s Master's degree in a discipline. It is also open on a space-available basis to students (especially community college employees) as long as they hold a Bachelor's degree. The courses are all delivered in a distance format (online or synchronous audio/visual) and are scheduled so the program may be completed part time over 4 semesters.

Contact: Dr. Reed Scull, Higher Education Administration
Phone: (307) 766-5645



Computer Science Education Endorsement

The Computer Science Education program leads to an endorsement (grades 6-12) from the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board in Computer Science Education. The endorsement is available to undergraduate students enrolled in a School of Teacher Education program. Courses can be taken prior to the teaching certificate but candidates will not be endorsed until they have initial certification. The program consists of 20 credit hours. In addition, 15 of the credit hours may be used for a minor in Computer Science.

Contact: Dr. Linda Hutchison, Secondary Education
Phone: (307) 766-5077


Early Childhood Birth to Eight

The Early Childhood Birth to Eight program (both undergraduate and post-graduate) leads to initial PTSB licensure in Elementary Education with an add-on endorsement in Early Childhood Education. The endorsement is available to undergraduate students enrolled in the Elementary Education program or post-graduate students with a BA in Elementary Education and consists of 24 credit hours. This program is not for those who completed a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences/Child Development Option.

Contact: Dr. Tricia Johnson, Tjohns39@uwyo.edu
Phone: 307-766-5389


Early Childhood Birth to Five

The Early Childhood Birth to Five program (both undergraduate and graduate) leads to initial PTSB licensure in Early Childhood Education Birth to Five. The program consists of 24 credit hours. The endorsement is available to undergraduate students enrolled in the Child Development Option of the Family & Consumer Sciences program. At the post-baccalaureate level, the endorsement is available to graduates with a BS in the Child Development Option of the Family & Consumer Sciences Program or to students in the Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement Program. It is also available for those graduates with a bachelor's degree in an approved related field (nursing, communication disorders, social work, and child psychology).

Contact: Dr. Tricia Johnson, Tjohns39@uwyo.edu
Phone: 307-766-5389


Early Childhood Special Education

The Early Childhood Special Education program (post-graduate only) leads to a PTSB add-on endorsement or licensure in Early Childhood Special Education Birth to Five for those who have a teaching certificate or for those who have a bachelor's degree in a field related to early childhood. This is an interdisciplinary program that requires students to take 23-26 credit hours of coursework. Please note that this is a pre-kindergarten certification program and does not prepare candidates to work with kindergarten and primary grade students.

Contact: Dr. Nikki Baldwin, nikb@uwyo.edu
Phone: 307-766-4071


ESL Certificate/Endorsement

The ESL Certificate/Endorsement program (both undergraduate and graduate) leads to a UW Certificate and a PTSB endorsement for those who have a teaching certificate. Courses can be taken prior to the teaching certificate but candidates will not be endorsed until they have initial certification. The program consists of 15 credit hours and is offered through Outreach Credit Programs. In addition, if a student applies and is admitted, 12 of these credit hours may be used to meet requirements of a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Contact: Dr. Jenna Shim, Educational Studies
Phone: 307-766-3126


Online Instruction Certificate

The Online Instruction Certificate program (graduate only) helps students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively develop and teach online courses in a variety of settings. Upon completion, students receive official recognition of their achievement on their University of Wyoming transcripts and an official university graduate certificate. The program consists of 4 online courses (12 credit hours) and is delivered through Outreach Credit Programs.

Contact: Dr. Suzanne Young
Phone: 307-766-4231


Online Play Therapy Certificate

The Online Play Therapy Certificate program (graduate only) provides students with the 150 clock training hours required by the Association for Play Therapy to become a Registered Play Therapist. This is a specialized credential for licensed mental health professionals. The program consists of three online courses for a total of seven graduate credit hours and is delivered through Outreach Credit Programs.

Contact: Dr. Kara Carnes-Holt, Counseling
Phone: 307-766-5329


Literacy Certificate/Endorsement

The Literacy Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW Certificate and a PTSB Endorsement in Reading for those who already have a teaching license. Teachers who have taught or will have taught for one year may take the courses and earn the endorsement. Eligible students enrolled in the program must select one of three options: 1) K-6 level; 2) 7-12 level; or 3) K-12 level. Also, some of the credits may be applied towards a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction for students who apply and are admitted. The program consists of 18-24 credit hours of course work, depending on the level of endorsement being sought.

Contact: Dr. Steven Bialostok, Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Phone: 307-766-6366


Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program (graduate only) provides an alternative PTSB initial teacher certification route for those who have obtained a bachelor's degree. The number of credit hours required for the program varies, depending on the specific bachelor's degree and the desired teaching certification area. In addition, students who apply and are accepted in the master's degree program in Curriculum and Instruction will be able to use some the courses to fulfill degree requirements.

Contact: Todd Krieger, Office of Teacher Education
Phone: 307-766-2230


School District Superintendent Certificate/Endorsement

The School District Superintendent Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW certificate and a PTSB endorsement as a K-12 district superintendent in the state of Wyoming. Applicants initially apply to the Educational Leadership doctoral program and must meet those same admission criteria. The program consists of 26 credit hours and a certification exam. It is offered through Outreach Credit Programs.

Contact: Dr. Toby Holmes, Educational Leadership
Phone: 307-766-3145


School Principal Certificate/Endorsement

The School Principal Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW certificate and a PTSB endorsement as a K-12 principal in the state of Wyoming. Applicants must have a teaching certificate and a master's degree in education or a related area. The program consists of 21 credit hours and is offered through Outreach Credit Programs and UW/CC.

Contact: Dr. Toby Holmes, Educational Leadership
Phone: 307-766-2071


Special Education Certificate/Endorsement

The Special Education Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW Certificate and is intended for students who seek K-12 endorsement in Special Education. IIt is designed for licensed teachers seeking competence in instructional and behavioral strategies for students with learning/behavioral needs. In addition, students who apply and are accepted in the master's degree program in Special Education will be able to use some courses to fulfill degree requirements. The program consists of 30 credit hours and is delivered through Outreach Credit Programs.

Contact: Dr. Tiffany Hunt, Special Education
Phone: 307-766-2082


Teachers of American Indian Children Certificate/Endorsement

The Teachers of American Indian Children Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) leads to a UW Certificate and a PTSB Endorsement. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree. The program is delivered through Outreach Credit Programs and consists of 15 credit hours. In addition, if a student applies and is admitted prior to completing the last course, all 15 credit hours may be used to meet requirements of a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Contact: Dr. Angela Jaime, Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: 307-766-3991


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College of Education

Ray Reutzel, Dean

Dept. 3374

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3145

Email: edquest@uwyo.edu

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