Elementary Education and Special Education

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

On-Campus (Laramie Campus & UW Casper)

& Online

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Become A Teacher

Do you have grit? It takes courage and resolve to work each day to ensure differently-abled students are provided the same quality education as their peers. Will you be the catalyst that opens up new possibilities in the lives of students with learning or behavioral differences?

The University of Wyoming’s elementary and special education program will provide you with skills and expertise required to meet the needs of all students in your future classroom. Our program will help you become a teacher in Wyoming and any state in the country.

What is Elementary Education & Special Education?

A bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education provides you with the eligibility to become a licensed elementary teacher (K-6) as well as gaining an additional endorsement to teach special education from K-12. Your flexible skills will make you a highly desirable candidate to school administrators across the country who face the largest teacher shortage in decades.

UW’s Elementary and Special Education program exposes you to evidence-based teaching methods and classroom practices, as well as positive behavioral supports needed to meet the needs of all students. Additionally, you will gain an understanding of legal requirements under special education law, and best practices in providing services to students with disabilities.

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UW's elementary education and special education bachelors program is offered in Laramie, or at UW at Casper so you can earn your degree close to home. Our programs are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board.

You have the ability to learn wherever you are! Location doesn't matter when you can conveniently complete your classes through UW Online & Continuing Education using technologies such as video-conferencing.

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What Can You Do With an Elementary Education and Special Education Bachelor’s Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Wyoming enables you to work with all disability categories in special education in grades K-12, and in addition, provides you the flexibility to teach all students in elementary school based on current district needs.

Elementary and Special Education Careers

UW School of Teacher Education graduates hold titles such as:

  • Elementary teacher
  • Elementary special education teacher
  • Special education coordinator
  • Special Education Case Manager
  • Resource Teacher


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Elementary Education and Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

The dual major Elementary and Special Education degree program has roots in the University of Wyoming’s elementary education program that was ranked 6th in the nation by CollegeChoice.net and in the top 2 percent by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Here are a few more reasons you will want to complete your degree at UW:


Increase Job Prospects

Undergraduates can add endorsements to their future teaching license by taking courses to gain expertise in specific areas. Explore endorsements in disability studies, early childhood education and English as a second language, to increase your salary and job opportunities.

Student Teaching

A 16-week student teaching residency will be split between an elementary and special education classroom. Fully take over the responsibilities and expectations of these positions while working under the supervision and support of a mentor teacher.

Professional Advising

The College of Education Student Success Center is home to full-time advisors that can help you become a teacher in Wyoming. Advisors will you navigate your degree program and apply for your teaching license upon graduation.



Classroom Experience

Students will complete practicum hours in a multitude of settings, allowing students to explore a variety of grades, populations, and subject matter.



University of Wyoming Lab School

For students who are able to attend on campus, UW’s K-8 public school will serve as a laboratory to hone your craft.

Student Support

A robust support system helps students and families find navigate academic and personal struggles to find solutions that enable their success at UW.


Our affordable degrees are even more cost-effective when you factor in the nearly $300,000 in scholarships awarded to our students each year.

Disability Resources

Students who are interested in learning more about disabilities to better serve their future students can utilize the resources of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND).


This is a mentoring and professional development program to bring active-learning strategies into Wyoming science classrooms, and it offers you the chance to teach active learning.



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College of Education Student Success Center (COESSC)

Department 3374, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2230

Email: edquest@uwyo.edu