Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, applicants must have:

  1. Completed a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to application
    • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
    • A minimum UW Total Institution grade point average of 2.75 must be maintained throughout the program.
  2. Apratis exam is required to demonstrate content knowledge. Praxis exam requirements can be found in program sheets for each licensure area. 
  3. Completed prerequisite undergraduate courses, as follows:
    • EDST 2450: Foundations of Development & Learning (3 credits)
    • EDEX 2484: Intro to Special Education (3 credits)
  4. Possess a current Wyoming Substitute Teaching Certificate.

How to Apply

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

Step 2: Prior to admission, a transcript evaluation completed by the COESSC 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. See the transcript evaluation page for more information.

Step 3: Meet with an advisor if you have questions. Call the COESSC (307-766-2230) to schedule an appointment.

Step 4: Apply for admission to the University of Wyoming as a Graduate Certificate 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 COESSC (307-766-2230) to schedule an appointment.

Step 6: Graduate Certificate students should Residency by the 1st week of December to enter the program in the following May (summer semester). Late applications will be considered, but options for Residency (student teaching) placement locations will be extremely limited.

Step 7: Take the appropiate Praxis exam for your content area and report scores to COESSC at

Step 8: Submit your current substitute teaching permit to COESSC at

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