Those who wish to substitute teach in Wyoming must meet the standards set by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB). A substitute teacher's license is valid for five years before teachers must renew.
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There are two ways candidates are eligible to become substitute teachers in Wyoming. For candidates who have attended college, completion of 65 credit hours from an accredited college or university is required.
For candidates who have not attended higher education, a high school diploma or GED is necessary, in addition to completion of teacher training.
Candidates with a GED or high school diploma must complete 24 hours of in-service training, as well at least 10 hours of classroom observation at the desired grade level.
The PTSB offers candidates in-service training through workshops that provide opportunities for professional growth. For more information on upcoming workshops, see the PTSB's list of approved workshops.
In Wyoming, all teachers must undergo fingerprinting and background checking, and this also applies to substitute teachers. Fingerprint cards must be requested from any school district administration office, or by contacting the PTSB at 307-777-7291.
Wyoming substitute teachers must also complete courses on the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions, giving them a solid foundation on history prior to 1865. Teachers can also complete examinations proving they have this knowledge, allowing them to circumnavigate the coursework.
Candidates interested in earning a substitute teacher's permit in Wyoming must fill out the application packet found here and meet all listed requirements.
Then, candidates must turn in their applications with the application fee of $50 to the PTSB. The address for the PTSB is:
Professional Teaching Standards Board
1920 Thomes Avenue, Suite 400,
Cheyenne, WY 8200
For more information on becoming a substitute teacher in Wyoming and the requirements, see the PTSB website or contact them at 307-777-7291.