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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.

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. Michelle Buchanan, Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Phone: 307-766-3211

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. Michelle Buchanan, Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Phone: 307-766-3211

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. Michelle Buchanan, Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Phone: 307-766-3211

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 certificate. 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 credit hours of course work.

Contact: Dr. Steven Bialostok, Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Phone: 307-766-3105

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. Craig Shepherd, Instructional Technology
Phone: 307-766-5715

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

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: Dr. Peter Moran, Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: 307-766-2369

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. Suzanne Young, 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. David Hvidston, Educational Leadership
Phone: 307-766-2071

Special Education Certificate/Endorsement

The Special Education Certificate/Endorsement program (graduate only) is intended for students who seek K-12 endorsement in Special Education. It also leads to a UW Certificate. It 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. Mary Alice Bruce, Professional Studies
Phone: 307-766-6819

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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