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What if you could share the skills and expertise you have developed in your undergraduate program or professional experience with middle and high school students?

At the University of Wyoming, you can complete UW’s graduate certificate in Teaching Secondary Content in three semesters including student teaching.*

Those who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university can take advantage of the alternative teaching licensure pathway provided through Wyoming's Professional Teaching Standards Board by completing the UW Teaching Secondary Content Graduate certificate.

*You will need to satisfy prerequisite education courses and possible content courses before beginning your graduate certificate studies. A subject area praxis exam is also required before your student teaching residency.

About Teaching Secondary Content

The UW teaching secondary content certificate prepares you to qualify for a Wyoming teaching license and begin your career as a middle or high school teacher. (Your coursework can also be applied—12 credit hours—to a UW master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.)

In this three-semester program offered during consecutive summer, fall and spring terms, you will acquire a foundation in educational theory and teaching methods, while also gaining real-world teaching experience through practicums and student teaching. Even better, you will be learning in small classes from faculty that were former K-12 teachers, who know what it’s like to face a classroom for the first time. In this personalized learning environment, you will discover your own voice as a teacher while also learning the theories and best practices that will make you an inspiring educator.

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Leverage your undergraduate degree in one of these content-area certifications:

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What Can You Do with a Teaching Secondary Content Graduate Certificate?

The UW graduate certificate in teaching secondary content program provides the coursework and experience for grades 6-12 Wyoming state licensure. It also prepares you for a career in which you will make a profound difference in students’ lives.

Secondary Education Careers

UW School of Teacher Education graduates can hold titles such as:

  • Secondary language arts instructor
  • English teacher
  • Mathematics teacher
  • Science teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Teacher/coach
  • Lead teacher
  • Department head


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Wyoming ranks #10 in the nation for highest starting teacher salary according to NEA teacher salary data

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Teaching Secondary Content Graduate Certificate Program Highlights

As a post-baccalaureate secondary education student, you are taking the bold step to enter a field where you can inspire young people to explore the far reaches of their curiosity and take up the mantle of lifelong learning for the greater good.

Here are some reasons to consider the University of Wyoming for your secondary teaching studies:


The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Earn Credit Towards A Master's

Apply your coursework towards a master of arts degree in education with concentrations in curriculum and instruction or literacy education.


Study with award-winning faculty who have also served as classroom educators.




Take part in multiple practicums before you start your student teaching experience.



Grant Support

Consider investigating grant support, for example the SWARMS program that targets those with expertise in science and mathematics.

Literacy Research Center and Clinic

Acquire hands-on experience in this on-campus clinic, which offers free or low-cost assessment and tutoring to Wyoming school-aged children.

Study Teaching Abroad

Do your student teaching in the U.S. or complete a portion of your student teaching requirement abroad. UW offers student teaching opportunities in Mexico, Europe, Australia, Asia, Central America and other locales.

University of Wyoming Lab School

Spend time learning and observing in UW’s very own K-8 public school on campus. This student-centered environment provides you with your own learning laboratory for practicums and student teaching.

High-Tech Teaching

Take advantage of the potential to work in UW’s Shell 3-D Visualization Center, where College of Education faculty have been designing immersive educational experiences.

UW Conferences

Participate in UW’s annual education-focused conferences, which expose teachers statewide to the latest research and best practices in education law and policy, literacy education, English as a second language and dual language immersion.


Take advantage of UW’s College of Education graduate scholarships that include the following:

Elnora Brooks Memorial Scholarship
Margaret "Peggy" Cooney Scholarship
John K. Corbett Memorial Scholarship
Leona S. and Jeanette Heptner Scholarship
Dr. Joseph I. Stepans Excellence in Education Scholarship



Looking back, the camaraderie built between peers in my cohort has been invaluable both as a Post-Bac student and as a current teacher. Between the encouragement from my peers and professors, the cogent lessons in class, and the discussions and support that follow, I felt over-prepared in many ways upon starting my teaching career. It hasn't been easy, but having learned so much before starting teaching has made all the difference.

- Austin Gager, ‘16