In Wyoming, administration candidates must complete an approved educational leadership program from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
A candidate's approved educational leadership program must lead to an Institutional Recommendation in Educational leadership, Educational Administrator, or School Principal for candidates to be eligible for school administration.
Most educational leadership programs are graduate level courses, requiring students to hold at least bachelor's degrees before enrolling.
The PTSB does not require potential school administrators to pass any examinations. Currently, only social studies and elementary school teachers are required to pass PRAXIS examinations for certification.
However, some educational leadership programs may require their students to pass PRAXIS examinations to complete the program. More information on PRAXIS testing for educational leadership can be found here.
A candidate is not explicitly required to obtain a certain amount of experience before applying to add an administration endorsement, but a candidate's educational leadership program will likely require the completion of an internship in an administrative position.
Document and Application Requirements
The PTSB provides applicants a checklist of documents and requirements that must be completed to earn an administration endorsement.
For administrators, the items on this checklist include:
- The Completed Checklist
- Application Form
- Individual Requirements Form
- Fee Payment Form with Fee Attached
- Official Transcripts
- Institutional Recommendation
- Verification of Work History (Out of State Applicants Only)
The Wyoming PTSB Add Endorsement Application Packet can be found here.
Applicants should turn in completed packets to:
Professional Teaching Standards Board
1920 Thomes Avenue, Suite 400,
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Criminal History Background Check
Because endorsements are added to a candidate's initial teaching certification, candidates have already undergone fingerprinting and background checking before applying.
However, during the application process, candidates are required to list any criminal conviction information, including driving under the influence (DUI) convictions. Candidates may have to undergo additional background investigations while applying to work in certain school districts.
For more information on becoming a school administrator in Wyoming, click here or contact the PTSB at (307) 777-7291.