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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Wyoming Teacher Education Program:

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.

Equivalent scores for other mathematics assessments are as follows:

Accuplacer: a score of 40 or higher in the Algebra placement domain.

Compass: a score of 54.1 or higher in the Elementary Algebra placement domain.

It is recommended that Education Undecided majors decide on their teaching 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 here. 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 of the Wyoming Teacher Education Program.

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 Change of Major 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 “QA” 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.

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.

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.

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