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School of Teacher Education

Graduate Certification Programs In Teaching Elementary School or Secondary Content

Teacher Licensure Program with an Option to Earn a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction for individuals who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.

 

Graduate Certificate Programs in Teaching Elementary School (TES), and in Teaching Secondary Content (TSC) with an option to earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction have been established to provide an alternative licensure route through Wyoming's Professional Teaching Standards Board for individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. This on- campus program does not result in another degree; rather, it is an alternative avenue toward initial Wyoming teacher licensure, with the bonus that it provides up to 12 hours of graduate credit that can be applied to a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Admission to both the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and the master’s degree programs require separate applications. The actual licensure courses encompass three full-time semesters: one summer and the following fall and spring semesters, including student teaching. However, there are prerequisite professional education courses, as well as possible content courses that must be completed prior to beginning the summer-fall-spring sequence. A transcript evaluation completed by the Teacher Preparation and Advising Office (see Step 1, How and When do I Apply) will determine how much additional coursework is required.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION STATEMENT ON ELIMINATED PROGRAMS

After August 1st 2017, no new applicants will be admitted to the Graduate Certificate – TSC programs in these content areas: Secondary French, German, or Spanish Education (FRSE/ GESE/SPSE) and K-12 Art Education (ARED) for approximately one year. During this period of time, we anticipate that the Modern Language, and the Art Education programs may undergo a number of changes. If these programs continue, students wishing to pursue the re-structured version(s) must still meet all of the School of Teacher Education admissions requirements (GPA, background check, etc.) in order to do so.

What Initial Teacher Licensure Programs are Available?

Licensure programs are available in the following areas. Click on the program area to view/download the program sheet for it.

 

  • Elementary Education (Grades K through 6)
  • Secondary-level (Grades 6 through 12) Content Areas:
  • Agriculture Education Graduate Certificate students in Teaching Secondary Content in Agriculture Education may also choose to complete additional coursework to add a teaching endorsement in Biology. See the EDAG program sheet for more information.
  • Art Education – Please see above Statement on Eliminated Programs
  • English Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Modern Languages Education – Please see above Statement on Eliminated Programs

Secondary Science Education:

Graduate Certificate students in Teaching Secondary Content in any of the Science Education areas may also choose to complete additional coursework to add teaching endorsement(s) in these subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; Physics 

 

Who is Eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Program?

Successful applicants for this program will have:

  • Completed a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to application, with a minimum 2.50 grade point average in content course work. A minimum UW Total Institution grade point average of 2.75 must be achieved and maintained through the summer-fall-spring sequence of classes.
  • Completed additional content courses, as required for the area in which licensure is sought (i.e., Elementary, Secondary English, etc.). Specific course requirements for each licensure area can be found in program sheets for each area, above.
  • Completed prerequisite undergraduate courses, as follows:
    • EDST 2450: Foundations of Development & Learning (3 credits)
    • ITEC 2360: Teaching with Technology (3 credits)
    • A current Wyoming Substitute Teaching Certificate. Contact the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board for information.

 

How and When do I Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Program?

Step 1: Review the programs and decide which program you are interested in. Identify your program area of interest to the Teacher Preparation and Advising Office when you move to Step 2 for pre-admission transcript evaluation.

 

Step 2: Prior to admission, a transcript evaluation completed by the Teacher Preparation and Advising Office will determine how much content area course work is necessary prior to entering the sequence of courses for the Graduate Certificate program. In order to allow sufficient time for completion of any identified prerequisites, it is best to begin this process as early as possible understanding that it can take 2-3 semesters to complete the prerequisites depending on the credits you have and the program you choose. See the transcript evaluation page for more information.

 

Step 3: Meet with an advisor if you have questions. Call the Teacher Preparation and Advising Office (307-766-2230) to schedule an appointment.

 

Step 4: Apply for admission to the University of Wyoming as a Second Bachelor's Degree student in the College of Education. Application for admission can be found on the Admissions website.

Step 5: Receive advising to complete your Education prerequisites and remaining elementary or secondary content. Call the Teacher Preparation and Advising Office (307-766-2230) to schedule an appointment.

 

Step 6: Graduate Certificate students should apply for Phase III: Methods and Residency by the 1st week of December to enter the program in the following May (summer semester). Application materials are available on the forms and applications page. Late applications will be considered, but options for Residency (student teaching) placement locations will be extremely limited.

Step 7: Upon notification of provisional acceptance into Phase III of the Wyoming Teacher Education Program, Second Bachelor’s students will receive written instructions for applying to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Elementary School (TES) or the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Secondary Content (TSC), as appropriate. Once your student status has been changed to that of a Graduate Certificate student, you will be charged graduate tuition for all of your UW course credits, beginning with the required summer courses.

 

What Coursework will I Take in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Program?

The licensure portion of the program is designed to be completed in one academic year, beginning with foundations courses taken during the summer, followed by methods courses taken during the fall semester and residency (student teaching) completed during the spring semester. However, there are prerequisite professional education courses, as well as possible content courses that must be completed prior to beginning the summer-fall-spring sequence. A transcript evaluation completed by the Office of Teacher Education will determine how much additional course work is required. A complete listing of all courses is available on program sheets for individual content areas which are included on this page, above. The table below indicates courses required for secondary and for elementary licensure, when courses are offered, and whether they are designated as undergraduate (U) or graduate (G) credit.

 

TEACHING SECONDARY     CONTENT

 

 

 

Summer
Foundations Courses

Fall
*Methods Courses

Spring
**Residency

 

EDEX 2484 (3U)
Introduction to Special
Education
EDST 4000 (3U)
Foundations of 
Education for a Diverse Society
EDCI 5550: (4G) The Art
and Science of Teaching

 

EDSE 42xx (3U) Methods II
EDCI 5250 (3G) Advanced 
Topics in Pedagogy
EDST 3550 (2U) Educational Assessment
EDCI 5560 (1G) Seminar in Assessment

EDSE 4500 (11U) 
Residency in 
Teaching
EDCI 5990 (4G) 
Internship

TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

 

 

Summer 
Foundations Courses

Fall
*Methods Courses

Spring
**Residency

 

EDEX 2484 (3U) 
Introduction to Special 
Education
EDST 4000 (3U) 
Foundations of 
Education for a Diverse 
Society
EDCI 5550: (4G) The Art 
and Science of Teaching

Elementary Methods
EDEL 4109 (5U)- Humanities 
EDEL 4309 (2U)- Literacy
EDEL 4409 (5U)- Science

EDCI 5250 (3G) Advanced 
Topics in Pedagogy
EDST 3550 (2U) Educational 
Assessment
EDCI 5560 (1G) Seminar in 
Assessment

EDEL 4500 (11U) 
Residency in 
Teaching 
EDCI 5990 (4G) 
Internship

 

* Course numbers for methods courses vary by level and by content area. Specific course numbers for each level and content area can be found on program sheets, available on this page above.

** Candidates in the Post-Baccalaureate program will complete the residency semester in one of the designated partner districts.

 

How will the Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching be recognized?

A notation of completion of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching program will be included on students’ official and unofficial University of Wyoming transcripts. By paying the appropriate fee to the Office of the Registrar, completers will be issued their Teaching in Elementary Schools or Teaching Secondary Content certificate, and are welcome to participate in College of Education commencement events.

 

I want to be licensed to teach in a state other than Wyoming. How do I do this?

The Wyoming Teacher Education Program has been continuously accredited by the National

Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. Our teacher education programs are also approved by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board for PTSB licensure or endorsement in Wyoming. National accreditation and state approval, in combination with successful completion of your degree in Education from UW, facilitates teacher licensure in other states. Each state is unique. You should contact the teacher licensing board to find out if there are additional requirements, beyond the completion of the Wyoming Teacher Education Program, in order to become licensed outside of Wyoming.  In some cases, it is advantageous to obtain your Wyoming teaching license first and take that license to the state where you would like to teach. In other cases, it is advantageous to seek initial licensure directly from the state where you would like to teach.

 

What about the Option to Earn a Master's Degree?

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching program includes an option to earn a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction. Candidates will complete up to 12 hours of graduate coursework, which can then be applied to a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wyoming. The twelve graduate-level credits included in the sequence of courses leading to licensure are as follows: EDCI 5550 (4 credit hours), EDCI 5250 (3 credit hours), EDCI 5560 (1 credit hour), EDCI 5990 (4 credit hours).Those wishing to complete the master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction must meet the acceptance criteria for the master's program. Admission is not guaranteed. Students may apply for graduate program admission during their student teaching/residency semester. For more information about the master's program in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as application information, please see the Curriculum and Instruction website.

 

Subject to requirements at time of graduate admission:

  • EDCI 5450 (3G) Issues in Multicultural Education
  • EDCI 5000 (3G) Principles of Curriculum
  • EDCI 5790 (3G) Advanced Instructional Strategies
  • EDRE 5550 (3G) Action Research or EDRE 5530 (3G): Intro to Research
  • EDCI 5400 (1G) Midpoint Portfolio Reflection
  • 5XXX Course # (3G) Elective (To be determined in consultation with advisor and committee)
  • EDCI 5890 (4G) Directed Professional Study/ Plan B Project

Total semester hours: 20

NOTE: Master’s candidates have six calendar years to complete their degrees from the beginning of the first course taken and listed on the program of study (normally EDCI 5550).

 

What if I Currently Have Teaching Licensure?

Endorsement programs for teachers who already hold initial Wyoming licensure are available in the following areas:

Computer Science (http://www.uwyo.edu/ted/majors-and-program-sheets/cosc-2017.pdf )

Early Childhood Education (Birth-5)

Literacy (K-6, 7-12, & K-12)

English as a Second Language

Middle Level Mathematics

Middle Level Science

Teachers of American Indian Children

 

Who Can I Contact with More Questions?

If you have further questions, contact the Teacher Preparation and Advising Office: 307-766-2230.


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