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English as a Second Language

Graduate Certificate Program

Welcome to the University of Wyoming English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12 Endorsement Program. We are glad that you're interested in the Wyoming State ESL endorsement. As with states all across the nation, the number of English Language Learners is increasing at rates higher than any other social group in the state of Wyoming. The need to address the specific educational issues and challenges these students face by way of culturally and linguistically responsive professional practices is of critical importance to the vitality of our classrooms, schools, and communities.

In the last three years, nearly 100 teachers have completed the UW ESL program thanks, in large part, to a grant from the Wyoming State Department of Education. We have also hosted three state-wide ESL program meetings. And we hope to soon launch an ESL ToolKit to provide basic information to teachers who find themselves in need of some foundational knowledge and skills related to working with English Language Learners. In addition, we have completed some moderate curriculum changes which we believe will make the program even more responsive to the needs of teachers in the state.

This webpage is our central mode of communication. We post job announcements, course offerings, professional references, etc. Please refer to this webpage for the latest information.

This program is a Gainful Employment program.

Click here for the application and certification process.

Click here to pay the practicum fee.


The ESL Endorsement is an attachment to the Wyoming Teaching License. Therefore, you cannot earn an ESL endorsement from the State of Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board without a Wyoming Teaching License.

Save the Date! 3rd Annual ESL Conference will take place April 20-21, 2018, More information can be found here.

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Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

Dept. 3374

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6366


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