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The College of Education: Aspire Higher!

Dean Ray ReutzelWhether 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!

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 - its 100th year anniversary! Undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education have been continuously nationally accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for over 60 years.

The recent Go Grad ranking of two of the University of Wyoming's College of Education Online Graduate Degree Programs in the top 5 nationally provides solid evidence attesting to the high quality of the college's online programs. We are proud of this achievement of our faculty, which only increases our desire to improve the reach and quality of the college's 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. For example, in 2014-2015 the College of Education will complete receipt of 10 million dollars to endow the operations and outreach services of a newly constructed Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC). The LRCC, housed in a beautiful and functional new facility, is now among the most well funded literacy research and clinical service centers in the U.S. The new LRCC will serve as a statewide hub for providing outreach literacy community services and as a nationally recognized research center for the conduct and dissemination of high impact literacy research. Community literacy outreach programs such as early literacy, family literacy, and student tutoring programs will be inaugurated 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.

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.

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.

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.

Our graduates comment often on the rich knowledge base acquired in the College of Education's educator preparation programs as well as the commitment of our faculty members. A recent article highlighting experiences of UW's student teachers included 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 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.

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:

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!

-Dr. D. Ray Reutzel, Dean; Dr. Suzie Young, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Leslie S. Rush, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

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