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Welcome | College of Education
Associate Dean, Dr. Leslie Rush; Associate Dean, Dr. Suzie Young; Dean, Dr. Michael Day
From L-R: Dr. Leslie Rush, Dr. Suzie Young, Dr. Michael Day

Greetings and thanks for your interest in our college,

Whether you're a current or prospective student, a member of our college family or a prospective member, we welcome you and appreciate your interest. These are dynamic times to be associated with the education profession and our college is positioned in a very unique place to provide assistance:  situated in a section of the U.S. known for its natural beauty and energy resources, in a state that highly values and supports education, and on a campus that recognizes the value of the teaching profession (and the professions that support it). We're excited about what's currently happening in the college and about our future. For example, in March 2014 our new Literacy Research Center and Clinic officially opens. This wonderful new facility will serve as our college hub for addressing a variety of pressing literacy initiatives (such as early literacy programs, family literacy programs, tutoring programs for struggling learners, and professional development for teachers) and a model for partnering with school districts and community colleges across the state. Did you know Wyoming is among the nation’s leaders in teachers achieving National Board Certification? We’re proud of this fact and committed to preparing the best educators for our schools:  knowledgeable, skillful, caring, up-to-date, and reflective practitioners.

Students who graduate from our teacher preparation programs in the College of Education can attest to the knowledge base and the commitment of our faculty members. A recent article highlighting the experiences of UW’s student teachers includes this quote from Bailey Gregorich, a graduate of the Elementary Education program:

What I remember most about college is the passionate professors and how I felt inspired by them. I knew how knowledgeable and experienced they were, but I also knew how deeply they cared about us as future teachers.

Read more about Bailey’s experience, as well as that of other recent graduates.

Undergraduates in the College of Education at the University of Wyoming can expect a variety of opportunities, including the following:

  • work with children in public school classrooms, beginning your sophomore year
  • study abroad programs
  • over 40 scholarships available to College of Education students
  • strong partnerships between the College of Education and Wyoming public school districts
  • dedicated faculty members with teaching experience who serve as both instructors and advisors
  • involvement in education service organizations, such as the National Science Teachers Association, Kappa Delta Pi, the Council for Exceptional Children, and others
  • courses that will lead to additional teaching endorsements, such as the English as a Second Language Endorsement, Early Childhood Endorsement, and others.

Our college offers a variety of opportunities for graduate study, including endorsement and certificate programs, master’s degree programs, and doctoral programs. These programs provide students with the knowledge and skill necessary to become educational leaders within their areas of specialization and expertise. Graduate programs cover many different content areas, including counselor education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional technology, and special education, as well as others. We respond to the needs of Wyoming and beyond by providing many courses that are delivered through the Outreach School. Many of these courses are taught through video-conferencing, audio-conferencing, intensive weekends, online, and combinations of these approaches. And in fact, some of our programs are available entirely through Outreach. Overall, we graduate more than 100 master's and doctoral students each year!

2014 is also a very special year for us. Though the education of youth was an integral part of the University of Wyoming since its formation in 1887 and programs to assist teachers in the state had existed, 1914 was the year a formal college was formed. So consider joining us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the College of Education on our campus. Lots of activities are planned for 2014 as we look back on our successes and look forward to our future.  Keep an eye on our college homepage for updates.

If you would like more information about our programs, please visit the following sections of our website:

-Dr. Michael Day, Dean; Dr. Suzie Young, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Leslie Rush, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

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