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Admission and Programs

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Providing Rich Content and Thorough Classroom Preparation 

Our 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 3480, 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 3100, Teacher as Practitioner, with a practicum in EDST 3101. 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 residency experience. Field experiences are completed in Partner Schools.

The Wyoming School University Partnership (WSUP) is a regional Wyoming district setting with collaborative agreements for concentrated field placements. These partnerships are focused on interactive mentoring by university and K-12 faculty and emphasize applied pedagogy.

To see specific program and content requirements for Elementary Ed and Secondary Ed majors, please see the relevant program sheets.

Admission Requirements

Effective fall semester 2013, matriculating 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.

Our increased admission requirements have had an impact.  At the conclusion of the first semester of students admitted under the new admission requirements, only 5 freshmen were on academic probation. The last two previous fall semesters ended with 19 and 16 freshmen on academic probation. Fall-to-Fall Retention Rates

Many students transfer into the College of Education from the state's community colleges. For information on the transfer process, visit the transfer advising page. Transfer students wishing to declare a major in Education must have completed a minimum of 15 transferable credits, including the University Studies Program "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.

A number of students also change their major to Education after being admitted to another program at the University. To declare a major in Education, students will need to complete and submit a Change of Major form to the Office of Teacher Education. To be eligible, students must have 15 UW credits with a minimum GPA of 2.75, and successfully complete an approved background check.

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.

Teacher Certification Program for Post-Baccalaureate Students

The Teacher Certification Program for Post-Baccalaureate Students with an Option to Earn a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction was established to provide a licensure route through Wyoming's Professional Teaching Standards Board for individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. This on campus program is not a degree program; rather, it is an 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. The master’s degree requires a separate application and admittance. The licensure courses encompass three full-time semesters: one summer and the following fall and spring semesters, including residency.

Contact Us

Teacher Preparation and Advising Office

Dept. 3374

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2230

Fax: (307) 766-2018


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