In Wyoming, teachers are certified by the Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB), an agency independent from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). The PTSB contact information is:
Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board
2001 Capitol Avenue, Emerson Building, Room #128, Cheyenne, WY 82002
Certified Educator Assignment
Annually, as a component of school district accreditation, the WDE verifies that all teachers are appropriately assigned for the subject area and grade level(s) they teach, and that all courses offered by Wyoming schools are taught by a Wyoming certified teacher. The appropriate certification for other certified staff (e.g., administrators, coaches, counselors) is also verified.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can we find information regarding appropriate staff assignment?
The reportable combinations document provided to district personnel responsible for completion of the staffing data collections (WDE602/652) provides the majority of the information needed to determine whether staff are appropriately assigned.
What can be taught with a Professional Industry Career Permit?
The PTSB offers a Professional Industry Career (PIC) permit for Career Technical Education content areas. This document defines the content which can be taught with each PIC permit.
Who can teach a Virtual Education course?
Teachers for virtual education courses may be employed by the school district with the approved virtual education program, employed by the vendor courses are purchased from, or employed by a combination of the school district and the vendor(s). Regardless, the teacher must be certified by the Wyoming PTSB and appropriately assigned for the subject area and grade level(s) they teach. More information related to virtual education is available here.
Who can teach a classroom-based virtual education course?
Teachers for classroom-based virtual education courses must be employed by the school district that has received program approval from WDE for the 2020-21 school year. The teacher must be certified by the Wyoming PTSB and appropriately assigned for the subject area and grade level(s) they teach.
Who can teach a technology-based course?
Technology-based courses provide delivery of content to students through computer-based educational software and may be used to supplement the school or district course inventory or provide credit recovery options. The teacher who is assigned to a technology-based course and issues the credit for the course must be certified by the Wyoming PTSB and appropriately assigned for the subject area and grade level(s) they teach. In the case where an appropriately certified teacher for the course content is unavailable, the district or school should provide an approved virtual education course instead of the technology-based course.
How does the WDE verify the certification of virtual education teachers employed by vendors?
Teachers for virtual education courses may be employed by the vendor a school district purchases courses from for their students. In those instances, the school district must obtain the virtual education teacher information from the vendor and report them on the WDE684 WISE Teacher/Course/Student collections during the year and on the WDE628 Virtual Education Vendor Teacher collection at the end of the school year. The WDE628 includes all courses taught by each teacher and their PTSB endorsement information which is verified by the WDE to assure appropriate certifications and course assignments.
What is an independent study course, and what is the required certification?
Independent study courses are completed under the guidance of a teacher that may involve a variety of resources both inside and outside of the classroom, self-study, and in which the student has a role in selecting what is studied. The teacher who is assigned to an independent study course, and issues the credit for the course, must be certified by the Wyoming PTSB and appropriately assigned for the subject area they teach.
When does a coach have to be certified?
A coach or an assistant coach must have a current certification in the sport they are endorsed to coach. This certification must be up to date, approved, or in the process of approval by PTSB, before any compensation is paid.