Wyoming

Becoming a teacher in Wyoming is a fairly simple process with just a few options, however, you are almost certain to find rewarding work in this state. Whether you’re a Wyoming resident completing an Initial Teaching Certification or bringing your skills from outside of the state, you’ll find an option that works for you.

To become a teacher through Wyoming’s Initial Teacher Certification, you will need to complete a traditional teacher certification program at an institute of higher learning that has been approved by the state. Once complete, you will need to have your education program’s certification officer complete a verification for your institutional recommendation, along with your college’s seal. You should accompany this with your official transcripts. If you’d like to follow an alternative route to certification in Wyoming, you must first gain employment in a Wyoming school district, and then become part of an education program. Additionally, Wyoming will offer temporary permits to teachers who can help ease the shortage of teachers in desperate areas. During your time as a teacher, you will be required to complete an education program. Teachers from states other than Wyoming should check to see if their state has a reciprocity agreement with Wyoming. If that is the case, you will be issued a Wyoming teacher certificate. Wyoming has a number of requirements that all teachers will have to meet. If you have not already done so, you will be required to complete a course on the US Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution, or pass a test that proves competent knowledge for both. You will also need to pass specific Praxis competency examinations. Finally, you will need to complete a fingerprint packet.

Although you will not find any extremely large school districts in Wyoming, there are a few different communities that offer an appealing employment environment. Good places to look include Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, and Gillette. You should be able to find vacancies in these areas an beyond through the Wyoming School Boards Association’s site.

To keep your Wyoming teaching certificate current, you will need to complete a prescribed amount of teacher education hours. This will be given to you on an individual basis, and you can find the details on the back of your current certificate. Completing this requirement will generally mean that you need to take semester hours of coursework and professional development credits.

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