College of Education
D. Ray Reutzel, Dean
6 Education Building
Phone: (307) 766-3145, Fax: (307) 766-6668
The College of Education prepares teachers counselors, administrators and other service personnel for positions in public education in Wyoming, throughout the nation, and the world. The teacher education program incorporates content area courses from the various colleges on campus with experiences in educational methodology. Programs are designed to provide students with a maximum amount of experience in the classroom.
Graduates of the College of Education are prepared to deal with youth growing up in a rapidly changing world. Programs are experiential, collaborative, outcomes based, and technologically supported. Emphasis is placed on professional ethics, a commitment to life-long learning, and respect for all individuals in our culturally diverse society.
Programs of Study
Bachelor of Science
- Agricultural education
- Technical Education (UW/CC only)
Bachelor of Arts
- Elementary education
- Secondary education
Master of Science
Master of Science in Counseling
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Education
Doctor of Counselor Education and Supervision
The College of Education, a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools approve the college as an accredited teacher-preparing institution.
The Counseling programs are fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs Board.
Organization of the College
The College of Education includes undergraduate teacher education and graduate studies in education. Departments offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the college include Professional Studies, Educational Studies, Elementary & Early Childhood Education, and Secondary Education.
Undergraduate and graduate education are supported by several units. The Office of Teacher Education, McWhinnie Hall room 100, coordinates activities dealing with undergraduate academic advising, field experiences, and certification.
The College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Wyoming community colleges, many Wyoming districts, and the State Department of Education are part of the Wyoming School-University Partnership, which grounds collaborative efforts across the state related to K-12 preservice and inservice education.
The Counselor Education Training Clinic provides counseling services to students, staff, faculty of the university, as well as the community at-large.
The Laboratory School, an Albany County School District entity, serves the college, the university, the school district, and the state as an educational center for research, development, instructional advancement, and in-service education. The school enrolls students in pre-school through ninth grade.
Computer laboratories in the college feature a wide range of capabilities including Internet access. The laboratory equipment is frequently updated to serve the needs of students, faculty and staff.
The Learning Resource Center is a branch of the university library system. Educational materials are available to serve the needs of K-12 students, university students, university faculty and public school faculty in Wyoming.
Wyoming Teacher Education Program
The Wyoming Teacher Education Program consists of increasingly demanding phases of professional preparation. Competencies based on professional standards, including those mandated by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB), are addressed developmentally. A teacher candidate graduating from this program will have mastered competencies required by the PTSB and the education profession.
Freshman year (Preprofessional): Students concentrate on the University Studies Program requirements. EDST 2450, Foundations of Development and Learning, must be completed prior to moving into Phase I.
Phase I: Sophomore students are introduced to teaching and learning through EDST 2480, Diversity and the Politics of Schooling. This course includes a field experience in a public school setting.
Phase II: A junior-level experience extends student competence through EDST 3000, Teacher as Practitioner. The practicum experience is in a public school guided by practicing K-12 faculty.
Phase IIIa/b: A two-semester sequence in the final year consists of fieldwork and pedagogy course work in the first semester. The second semester consists of a 16-week, full-time classroom experience. Field experiences are completed in Partner Schools.
Partner Schools are regional Wyoming district settings with collaborative agreements for concentrated field placements. These partnerships are focused on interactive mentoring by university and K-12 faculty and emphasize applied pedagogy.
Admission to the Wyoming Teacher Education Program
Effective fall semester 2013, new first-time students who meet the University of Wyoming’s standards for admission may declare their major in Elementary Education, Secondary Education in a specific content area, or Education Undecided (EDUD), provided that they have a minimum ACT Composite score of 21 and an ACT Math score of 21. A lower ACT Math score can be replaced by a Math Placement Examination (MPE) score of 2 or higher. Education Undecided majors should decide on a specific content area no later than the first semester of their sophomore year.
All incoming students pursuing teacher certification and/or teacher endorsement programs must undergo an initial criminal background check prior to full admission to the College of Education. Any costs associated with the background checks will be the students' responsibility. Specific information regarding this process can be found at: http://www.uwyo.edu/ted/background-checks/index.html). A second background check is included as part of the state application process for the Wyoming Substitute Teaching Permit, which is required for admission to Phase II and Phase III of the Wyoming Teacher Education Program.
For those students who do not meet the above admissions requirements, it is suggested that they major in general undeclared (UNDC) so that they will receive more appropriate advising and access to support services through the Center for Advising and Career Services until they have attained a minimum 2.75 UW grade point average (with at least 15 UW credits), and successfully complete an approved background check.
Current UW students wishing to change their major to Education but do not yet have a UW grade point average must wait until they meet the requirement of a minimum 2.75 UW grade point average, with at least 15 UW credits posted to their transcript. It is recommended that they complete a Program Change form and contact the Office of Teacher Education in McWhinnie Hall, room 100 to initiate the background check process. Students’ progression through the Education curriculum could be delayed until all requirements are fulfilled and their major officially changed to Education.
Transfer students from out of state institutions, as well as from Wyoming community colleges wishing to declare a major in Education must have completed a minimum of 15 transferable credits, including the USP 2003 “QA” or USP 2015 “Q” requirement (as determined by the UW Registrar) to do so. Transfer students must have a minimum Transfer GPA of at least 2.75 and successfully complete an approved background check.
For transfer students not meeting these requirements, it is suggested that they major in general undeclared (UNDC) so that they will receive more appropriate advising and access to support services through the Center for Advising and Career Services until they meet requirement of a minimum 2.75 UW grade point average (with at least 15 UW credits), and successfully complete an approved background check.
Re-admitted students who return to UW after two or more semesters away, and wish to (re-)declare a major in Education, must have a minimum 2.75 UW GPA (with at least 15 UW credits) to do so and successfully complete an approved background check.
Second Bachelor’s (SBA) / Post-baccalaureate teacher certification program students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from UW or from another accredited college or university, in order to declare a major in Education. A valid Wyoming Substitute Teaching Permit will be required, which will also serve as an approved background check.
Students are assigned an academic adviser who will assist in planning a program combining University Studies requirements, core content requirements, and professional education courses. Students are expected to consult with their adviser regularly. The Office of Teacher Education coordinates advising and provides students and faculty with assistance in areas related to academic advising.
Degree Program Curricula
The following curricula summarize the programs offered by the College of Education. Students complete content courses in their major as well as professional education courses, some of which can also be counted toward their University Studies Program requirements. The University Studies Program requirements include:
|Communication I (COM1)||3|
|Communication II (COM2)||3|
|Communication III (COM3)||3|
|First-Year Seminar (FYS)||3|
|Human Culture (H)||6|
|Physical and Natural World (PN)||6|
|Quantitative Reasoning (Q)||3|
|U.S. & Wyoming Constitutions (V)||3|
The minimum total credit hours required to complete a degree in Education varies by program. Of the minimum credit hours required to complete a program, 42 credit hours must be completed at the upper division level (3000-level or higher), with 30 of those credits being completed at UW. Additional College of Education requirements are:
1. 2.75 UW Total Institution grade point average
2. ITEC 2360, Teaching with Technology
3. 2.50 grade point average in the content courses required for each specific major
4. A valid Wyoming substitute teaching certificate
Further information on each program is available in:
Office of Teacher Education
McWhinnie Hall room 100
Dept. 3374, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
- Agricultural Education Curriculum
- Art Education Curriculum
- Elementary Education Curriculum
- English Education Curriculum
- Mathematics Education Curriculum
- Modern Languages Education Curriculum
- Science Education Curriculum
- Social Studies Education Curriculum
Acceptability of Coursework
Courses taken to satisfy professional education requirements and major content requirements must be taken for a conventional grade (A-F) unless offered for S/U grading only. Please note that grades of C- or lower will not satisfy this requirement.Professional education courses taken prior to the last 10 years will not be accepted in a degree and/or teacher certification program.
The College of Education does not accept transfer credits for Professional Education or content area courses with equivalents at UW when the grade earned was less than a C. Please note that grades of C- or lower will not satisfy this requirement. The College of Education does not accept either teaching methodology or student teaching coursework or credits completed at other colleges or universities.
College of Education students are responsible for knowing and meeting graduation requirements. Students are expected to maintain a 2.75 UW Total Institution grade point average to enter Phase II and III of the Wyoming Teacher Education Program and continue in the professional education sequence and to graduate from the teacher education program. Prior to enrolling in professional education courses, students are expected to have met the specific program and course prerequisites as listed in this publication. Students are expected to make reasonable academic progress toward completion of a degree.
The four departments of the College of Education provide support for master's and doctoral degree programs. Faculty and staff work to deliver these programs by providing campus-based courses, courses taught through video conferencing, courses taught on-site at different locations in Wyoming, courses taught online, and courses taught in hybrid formats.
The College of Education is dedicated to offering high quality graduate programs that will provide students with the necessary skills to become educational leaders within their areas of specialization and expertise. All graduate students in the College of Education are expected to become scholars, researchers, and practitioners. They must, therefore, be knowledgeable about the ever-changing literature and research in education, the characteristics and needs of learners, and methods for facilitating learning. They must also understand the process of change and how to facilitate changes in learning settings that reflect what is known about the teaching/learning process. These skills are important to all graduate students, regardless of their areas of specialization or major emphasis.
College of Education programs fall under one of the following approved degree titles:
- Master of Arts
- Master of Science
- Master of Science in Counseling
- Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
- Ph.D. in Education
- Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
- Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
The departments in the college are approved to offer one or more of the above listed degrees with specialization in their particular areas. The specializations available are:
- Counselor Education (Counselor Education and Supervision, Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling)
- Curriculum Studies
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Educational Administration (Adult and Post-Secondary Education, K-12 Educational Leadership)
- Instructional Technology
- Literacy Education
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education
- Special Education
Currently graduate programs in the college are outcome based. Faculty in the various specializations work with students to develop individual competencies. Consult each department for current degree requirements and program expectations.
Doctor of Education
The College of Education Ed.D. program prepares students for scholarly inquiry and professional leadership in education. The program consists of (1) applied research, (2) courses and professional experiences in education and related fields designed to develop a comprehensive academic basis for leadership roles in education, and (3) applied professional experiences tailored to individual needs and career goals. Each student works closely with an adviser and a supervisory faculty committee to select courses, topics of research, and professional opportunities.
Preparations in the above areas combine to:
- Convey deep scholarly knowledge of education and foster its application and practice
- Promote a broad understanding of various methods of inquiry in education and foster its application in practice settings
- Advocate practices that demonstrate a commitment to diversity in education
- Foster ethical and professional research and practice in education
- Promote excellence in applied professional practice
The degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is offered to competent students who wish to pursue a program of study and to participate in appropriate activities in preparation for professional service and leadership in education. The program is designed to meet the needs of those for whom intensive research is not a practical prerequisite to professional goals. Doctoral students are expected to participate not only in organized coursework but also in other activities that will ensure breadth of outlook and technical competence.
Options in the Ed.D. are:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Educational Administration
- Instructional Technology
Ph.D. in Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
The College of Education Ph.D. program prepares students for careers of scholarly inquiry and teaching in higher education. The program consists of (1) continuous research or inquiry, (2) courses and professional experiences in education and related fields designed to develop a comprehensive academic basis for future work in research and teaching, and (3) teaching and other related experiences tailored to individual needs and career goals. Each student works closely with an adviser and a supervisory faculty committee to select courses, topics of research and inquiry, and teaching experiences.
All coursework in the Ph.D. in Education program address the following goals:
- To convey deep scholarly knowledge of education and related fields
- To promote a broad understanding of various methods of inquiry in education and develop competency in several of those methods
- To advocate practices that demonstrate a commitment to diversity in education
- To foster ethical and professional research and practice in education
- To promote excellence as a college teacher
Effective preparation for the Ph.D. stems from collaborative research and inquiry into topics of mutal interest by students and faculty scholars/researchers. A major portion of the program consists of the individual student and selected faculty member(s) jointly engaged in research and inquiry. Successful Ph.D. applicants tend to have high aptitude for research and inquiry and express interest in general topics which the faculty of the college are actively inquiring and researching.
Options in the Ph.D. in Education are:
- Educational Administration (Adult and Post Secondary Education, K-12 Educational Leadership)
- Instructional Technology
- Special Education
Options in the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction are:
- Curriculum Studies
- Literacy Education
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education
Ph.D. In Counselor Education and Supervision
The PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision is CACREP accredited and prepares professionals for positions as faculty in Counselor Education departments through personalized, developmentally oriented coursework emphasizing the integration of theory and experiential learning. This doctoral program is ideal for self-initiating persons who thrive in an atmosphere supportive of faculty/student interactions, small class environments, intensive class discussions and opportunities for self-direction and scholarly activity. The doctoral program is built upon the basis of a strong Master's program and upholds the philosopical orientations, coherent principles, and applied knowledge and skills as counselors and supervisors.
The dotoral degree program is 60 credit hours for individuals who have completed a 60-hour CACREP master's program. Students with a 48-hour CACREP master's degree are required to complete an additional 12 semester credits. Students, through coursework, practica and faculty guidance, develop competencies in the areas of counseling, supervision, teaching, leadership, advocacy, research and scholarship.
Doctoral Students in the Counselor Education and Supervision will demonstrate the following learner outcomes.
- Academic and Professional Goals: Students will demonstrate a clear vision of their professional and academic goals and academic preparation by developing and completing an approved program of study that meets the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
- Professional Licensure: Students will obtain professional licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Wyoming and/or develop a plan to obtain licensure for the state in which they intend to relocate upon graduation.
- Democratic Perspectives: Students will demonstrate development as a culturally competent, creative, skilled & ethical counselor, supervisor and educator including the areas of advocacy, leadership, social justice, and promotion of caring communities.
- Research and Scholarship: Students will develop a professional identity as an academic researcher by demonstrating a clear and active research agenda that includes a plan of action for professional presentations and manuscripts.
- Professional Development: Students will develop a clear and diligent plan to becoming a skilled, ethically competent counselor educator.
For further information on each program, contact the College of Education, 100 McWhinnie Hall, 766-2230