Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education
McWhinnie Hall 313
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6366
Fax: (307) 766-2018
The undergraduate Elementary Education degree is a 120 credit hour program, typically taking four years to complete for incoming freshmen. The program, one component of the Wyoming Teacher Education Program (WTEP), prepares students to teach grades K-6 with a Wyoming teaching certificate. Students majoring in elementary education take general university studies courses, content courses in math, science, literacy, music, art, American diversity, and communication, and education courses in special education, democracy in schools, assessment, and content pedagogy. Additionally, elementary majors choose an area of concentration in which they take 18- credit hours. The areas of concentration include (click for pdf descriptions):
Students who choose early childhood as their area of concentration learn about children's development from birth through third grade and learn to apply this to quality programming for young children in a variety of early childhood settings. The interdisciplinary aspect of this program exposes students to multiple perspectives and diverse field experiences. By successfully completing specific courses in this area of concentration, students can earn a state early childhood teaching endorsement in addition to the K-6 certificate.
The WTEP operates in partnership with public schools in the state with a focus on simultaneous renewal in teacher preparation. Students spend intensive time in school classrooms teaching and applying what they have learned under the mentorship of master teachers in districts designated as Professional Learning Communities, or PLC's.
Please contact the Office of Teacher Education at 766-2230 or email@example.com for questions concerning admission and obtaining an advisor.