Ray Reutzel, Dean
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-3145
The College of Education: Aspire Higher!
Whether you're a current or prospective student, a member of our college faculty or staff, an alumnus of the college, an interested parent, or a potential donor, we welcome you to the College of Education at the University of Wyoming!
NATIONAL RANKINGS AND ACCREDITATION
Located on a beautifully landscaped campus on the high plains of the front range of the Rocky Mountains, the College of Education at the University of Wyoming is situated in a geographic region of the U.S. known far and wide for its natural beauty and energy resources. Wyoming is a state that values highly and generously funds K-12, community college and university education. This past year, the College of Education at the University of Wyoming celebrated an important milestone – U.S. News and World Report ranked the College 126th in a field of over 1400 schools and colleges of education in the U.S.! The College also completed its NCATE Legacy site accreditation visit successfully. The National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has continuously accredited UW’s undergraduate and graduate educator preparation program for over 65 years.
The most recent Go Grad ranking of five of the University of Wyoming's College of Education Online Graduate Degree Programs in the top 20 nationally provides additional evidence attesting to the high quality of the college's online graduate programs. Our elementary education programs are also 107th ranked by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ). We are proud of the achievements of our faculty and students, which only increases our desire to improve the reach and quality of the college's campus based and online programming in order to serve its constituents in the state of Wyoming and throughout the nation!
We are excited about past and recent successes and new directions for the College of Education now and into the future.
LITERACY RESEARCH CENTER AND CLINIC
The LRCC, housed in a beautiful and functional new facility, is now among the best privately funded literacy research and clinical service centers in the U.S. The LRCC serves as a statewide hub for providing literacy outreach services through schools and school districts as well as online. Researchers in the LRCC conduct field-based research in improving literacy instruction and practices in schools and classrooms as a nationally recognized research center for the conduct and dissemination of high impact, field-based literacy research. Community literacy outreach programs such as early literacy, family literacy, and student tutoring programs are coordinated through educational agencies and schools to address the literacy learning needs across the learner spectrum from early childhood to adulthood. The LRCC will, in partnership with K-12 education agencies, the UW School-University Partnership, the state's seven community colleges, and the Wyoming State Department of Education, assist to coordinate and provide literacy professional development for teachers across the state and throughout the nation. Please visit the LRCC’s website for more information - http://www.uwyo.edu/education/lrcc/
TRUSTEES’ EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Recognizing the integral role of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming and in the State of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming's Board of Trustees passed in November 2014 a resolution of support for the College of Education - the UW College of Education Initiative. This resolution seeks to elevate UW's College of Education to nationally preeminent status in the preparation of professional educators. We're pleased to receive this level of support to provide world class educator preparation programs. For more information about the Trustees’ Education Initiative (TEI) please follow the story to this link - http://www.uwyo.edu/uwyo/index.html
RECRUITING, RETENTION, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
During this past year, we enjoyed a major new gift, 1.8 million dollars, from Mr. Ray Kennedy's estate to endow a scholarship fund for UW College of Education students. Targeted to students with financial need, these scholarships provide up to full instate tuition for select undergraduate and graduate students.
With the recent decision of the UW College of Education faculty to raise admissions standards for entrance into its educator preparation programs, UW's College of Education educator candidates are now selected from among the top 50% of the university's current student body. Quality educator preparation programs begin with setting high admissions standards and selecting the best students in the university for those who would become licensed educators to teach and serve Wyoming's K-12 students and schools. See more at - http://www.uwyo.edu/education/deans-office/college-news/2015/kennedy%20scholarship.html
WYOMING SCHOOL-UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP
The UW's College of Education has been a long-standing member of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), which builds, sustains, and supports partnerships between K-12 school communities and university educator preparation programs. This year, the National NNER Conference was sponsored and planned by the Wyoming School-University Partnership and held on the University of Wyoming's Laramie campus. The College of Education at the University of Wyoming is a leader in promoting school-university partnerships that tackle problems of practice in meaningful ways from research projects to professional development. See most recent newsletter at - http://www.uwyo.edu/wsup/
WYOMING ENERGY EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Elementary school students recently experienced the Shell 3-D Visualization Center in the UW Energy Innovation Center as a teaching tool. UW is creating a new Wyoming Energy Education Initiative that will develop comprehensive, embedded learning to ensure that students in Wyoming’s K-12 schools understand energy’s history and economic impact. (UW Photo)
New UW Energy Education Initiative to Aid Wyoming K-12 Students
September 9, 2016 — Creating comprehensive, embedded learning that ensures students in Wyoming’s K-12 schools understand energy’s history and economic impact is the ultimate goal for a new collaboration between the University of Wyoming College of Education and the UW School of Energy Resources.
The new Wyoming Energy Education Initiative (WEEI) is not UW’s first attempt to provide research-based learning experiences in the state’s schools. However, it is the first designed to draw from all of UW’s energy-related resources -- and partners across the state -- to develop an embedded curriculum that can be widely adopted and supported over time.
The initial study period will focus on three goals: Provide a pathway to enhance teaching of Wyoming’s energy-rich history; explore the innovations behind energy use and resource development; and encourage critical understanding across curricular areas that supports informed decisions related to Wyoming’s energy, environment and economic future.
The School of Energy Resources (SER) will provide funding for the three-year project -- $225,000 per year -- according to SER Executive Director Mark Northam.
Seeds for WEEI were planted when Northam and College of Education Dean Ray Reutzel initiated discussion regarding potential collaboration to enhance energy education in the state’s schools. A critically important goal, Northam says, would be “to provide information to students who go through our school systems to prepare them to think critically about the very difficult decisions that will have to be made about energy in their lifetimes.”
“I was looking for ways that the College of Education, in cooperation with other colleges and schools, could break down walls of discipline isolation. I wanted to help foster interdisciplinary research work involving content specialists in a variety of disciplines and College of Education faculty who specialize in applying the learning sciences to disciplinary learning in order to educate better teachers for the state’s schools,” Reutzel says. “I felt that with the science, engineering and education initiatives, we needed to do a better job of integrating these efforts university-wide. When Mark and I first visited, I could tell I had a kindred spirit in Mark.”
Northam and Reutzel asked College of Education faculty member Kate Muir Welsh and then-SER staff member Sarah Ramsey-Walters to develop a proposal to launch the process. Welsh and Ramsey-Walters, now a Casper teacher, initiated discussions with colleagues from across UW’s campus to identify what such an endeavor might look like and require to implement successfully.
Ramsey-Walters also researched previous energy-related programs and found ample evidence of UW’s attempts to impact teaching in the state, with a common problem: Virtually none survived to experience long-term adoption.
“We have these stop-and-go projects over time,” UW elementary education faculty member Alan Buss says. Partly because of the nature of grant funding supporting those projects, they mostly exist in silos and see variable use depending on K-12 teacher awareness and availability of resources, he adds.
Reutzel tabbed Buss to serve as WEEI content leaders. Buss is an elementary STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teacher educator.
One of the first steps for WEEI leaders will be to convene “review camps,” inviting K-12 faculty and others to evaluate previous programs and materials.
“We want to have a group of teachers and a group of UW faculty and other education stakeholders to come in and review those projects so that we can build off of them as a foundation,” Welsh says of the camp’s goals.
While developing ways to embed the history and context of energy in Wyoming into curricula is important to all parties, the vision is far broader, organizers say.
“Our goal is not just to tell the story about where energy comes from and how it is liberated,” Northam says. “We hope to prepare and motivate a subset of Wyoming students to go to the university and help to create the solutions that will allow us to continue to have abundant, clean energy. This will require a much broader curricular involvement.”
Buss acknowledges an equally critical step to ensuring the success of anything emerging from WEEI.
“We need to make this institutionalized in the state, so that the state expects, not from the top down, but from the ground up -- parents, businesses, local school boards -- each student to understand the critical role energy has in Wyoming,” he adds.
As the research plan begins to take shape, a series of first steps has been identified:
- Creating a WEEI leadership council, made up of practicing K-12 and UW educators, to advise the team on direction.
- Growing an extended network of partners, from UW, the community colleges, the Wyoming Department of Education, state energy associations and others.
- Bringing elementary education faculty member Karen Cloud on board to support program operations.
- Launching a one-day energy education workshop for elementary education majors.
- Launching a parallel experience for social studies education majors.
- Hiring two graduate assistants, one in STEM education and one in social studies education, to support the program
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
The college offers a variety of opportunities for graduate study, including endorsement and certificate, master's degree, and doctoral degree programs. Come experience educator preparation programs that provide students with the knowledge and skill necessary to become educational leaders within your areas of specialization and expertise. Graduate programs offered in the College of Education cover many different areas of advanced professional educator preparation, including adult and postsecondary, counseling, curriculum and instruction, literacy, mathematics, science, educational studies, K-12 educational leadership, instructional technology, and special education. We effectively respond to the learning needs of Wyoming students and beyond by providing many courses delivered through the Outreach School. These courses are taught through video-conferencing, audio-conferencing, intensive weekends, online, and combinations of these approaches. Some of our graduate programs are available entirely through distance delivery technologies. The College of Education graduates more than 100 graduate students annually at the master's and doctoral degree levels!
If you would like more information about our current educator preparation programs, please visit the following links to our website:
Undergraduate teacher education programs
Our graduates comment often on the rich knowledge base acquired in the College of Education's educator preparation programs, the commitment of our faculty members, and the valuable experience they receive in public school classrooms. Taylor Rienitz, an Agriculture Education major who graduated in 2016 and is slated to teach at Newcastle High School in Newcastle, Wyoming, said this about her program:
“I had the opportunity to learn under two amazing mentor teachers in the Agricultural classroom. I could not have been placed in a better school or program. I learned from both teaching styles, had the chance to interact in the classroom and Ag mechanics shop, as well as engage in a wide variety of FFA career development events. This program is successful for a reason. I learned far more than I ever expected and would not exchange this experience for another one. It fit all my learning needs and the two teachers helped me grow and become excited for the curriculum. I owe it to them for my success and development as a future educator and for my new career position.”
Read more about Taylor'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 50 scholarships available to College of Education students
- strong partnerships between the College of Education and Wyoming public school districts
- dedicated faculty members with classroom 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 lead to earning additional licensure endorsements, such as English as a Second Language, Early Childhood, and others.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact the College of Education Dean's Office. We will be happy to respond to your inquiries and hope you'll decide to join our College's family of outstanding graduates who have become some of the state and nation's best educational practitioners, leaders, and researchers who proudly wear the Brown and Gold!
Please feel free to contact Dr. D. Ray Reutzel, Dean; Dr. Suzie Young, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Leslie S. Rush, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs for further information or questions.