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college of education

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from the dean . . . Dear prospective student, As an educator you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your students and in the communities where they will live and work. Increasingly complex social and political issues as well as discussions surrounding the emerging global marketplace have made the public and business communities more aware of the critical role teachers play in maintaining a healthy society. I am proud that our teacher preparation programs are nationally recognized and I am conďŹ dent that you will receive an excellent education at the University of Wyoming. You will work with exemplary faculty members and mentor K-12 teachers in a variety of educational settings. This foundation will prepare you to embark on a professional teaching career equipped with skills and knowledge necessary to provide effective, engaging learning environments for your students. Providing an effective learning environment for each student requires hard work, but it is work that has the potential to last a lifetime for the student and the educator.

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The current remodeling of our education building provides you with the opportunity to experience and demonstrate your expertise in integrating state-of-the-art instructional technologies in your teaching. Thank you for your interest in a teaching career and in our College of Education programs. If you have any questions about our curriculum or about the support we can provide, please don’t hesitate to call on us. — Patricia McClurg, Dean

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college overview ◗

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The College of Education houses seven academic departments: ◆ Adult Learning and Technology ◆ Counselor Education ◆ Educational Leadership ◆ Educational Studies ◆ Elementary and Early Childhood Education ◆ Secondary Education ◆ Special Education We offer bachelor’s degrees in elementary and secondary education, with many different specialization areas. Most of these degrees include concurrent majors. The Wyoming Teacher Education Program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). We offered 107 scholarships for the 2005–06 academic year, thanks to generous support from many friends and alumni of the college.

We jointly sponsor the UW Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC) with the UW College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to master’s degree options, the SMTC provides an extensive off-campus outreach program that serves Wyoming communities, teachers, students, and school districts. In-service courses, workshops, extension courses, institutes, and conferences are designed to improve science and mathematics teaching. The College of Education offers several opportunities to study abroad, in settings as diverse as China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Kenya.

The College of Education promotes excellence in education at all levels as we strive to develop competent (strong mastery of subject matter) and democratic (ability to create equitable and caring learning environments) professionals (strong mastery of pedagogical skills) for schools in the 21st century. We hope you will consider teaching as a career and that you will join us for a quality higher education experience! For additional information or details about our programs, please visit:


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the wyoming teacher education program The Wyoming Teacher Education Program (WTEP) is one of the premier teacher preparation programs in the United States. It is one of the original programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 1954. We have maintained continuous NCATE accreditation since that time — more than 50 years! Our programs also are approved by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) leading to certification and endorsement in Wyoming. In the College of Education, we believe that teachers are best prepared with a combination of public-school classroom experiences with school-age children and focused instruction relevant to contemporary teacher education curricula. Teacher candidates spend significant time with their mentor teachers in field experience settings. In addition, most education faculty have P–12 teaching experience that enhances their understanding of the environments in which new teachers will work.

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WTEP has three major phases. In Phase I, generally your sophomore year, you will take EDST 2480, Diversity and the Politics of Schooling. This course includes introductory field experiences, exposing you to a broad spectrum of classroom settings and diverse students. In Phase II, typically your junior year, you will complete EDST 3000, Teacher as Practitioner. This course introduces lesson planning and instructional strategies. You’ll also teach a lesson in a classroom similar to the one you’re preparing to lead. If you major in elementary education, Phase III is a two-semester sequence occurring in your senior year: Phase IIIa (Methods) and Phase IIIb (Residency). Phase IIIa field experiences vary depending on your Professional Learning Community (PLC) cohort assignment. Residency is a full semester of full-time field experience. You’ll be assigned to the same mentor teacher for Phase IIIa and IIIb, to encourage a strong and supportive relationship between you, your mentor, and students in the classroom. If you major in secondary education, you’ll complete a three-semester Phase III sequence, beginning with Methods I in the fall of your junior year. In your senior year, you’ll take Methods II (Phase IIIa) in the fall and Residency (Phase IIIb) in the spring. Methods field experiences vary depending on your content area. Residency is a full semester of full-time field experience. As with the elementary program, you’ll maintain your assignment to your mentor teacher, to build supportive relationships between you, your mentor, and his/her students.

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our elementary education program Students enrolled in our elementary education program prepare for certification in grades K–6 within Wyoming. As an elementary education major, your courses will include general education courses (also referred to as university studies courses) and content courses in literacy, mathematics, science, and health. You also will select an area of concentration, for which you will complete 18 hours of coursework to enhance your expertise. In addition, you’ll complete a series of professional education courses, culminating in your residency placement in a K–6 classroom within a Professional Learning Community site.

For more information: UW Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 113 McWhinnie Hall (307) 766-6366

undergraduate majors The Wyoming Teacher Education Program offers undergraduate majors in the following content areas:

elementary education Concentration areas include: ◗ Creative arts ◗ Environmental studies ◗ Interdisciplinary early childhood ◗ International education studies or American cultural diversity

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our secondary education program Students aspiring to teach in the secondary-school environment (grades 7–12) will find a diverse array of options at UW. Secondary education majors complete a series of general education (university studies) courses and professional education courses culminating in a residency within one of our Professional Learning Communities. All undergraduate degree programs in the college require between 120 and 128 semester credit hours to complete. Music education, health education, and physical education majors are offered in partnership with the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences, respectively. Currently, we have approved 14 specific concurrent majors in secondary preparation areas that result in a transcript designation for both the education degree and the content major at the conclusion of the program. Secondary education majors also complete a series of courses in a content specialization area, to assure the necessary expertise to meet federal requirements as a highly qualified teacher and to share with and inspire their future students in these disciplines.

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secondary education ◗

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Agricultural education* (Agriculture Communications, or Animal & Veterinary Sciences, or Rangeland Ecology & Watershed Management) Art education (K–12)* Biological sciences education* Chemistry education* Earth sciences education* English education* English/communications education English/journalism education English/theater education Mathematics education* * Indicates bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concurrent major in a specific content area.

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Modern language education (with the following options) ◆ French* (French) ◆ German* (German) ◆ Spanish* (Spanish) Science education (with the following options) ◆ Biological sciences* (Biology) ◆ Chemistry* (Chemistry) ◆ Earth science* (Geology or Earth System Science) ◆ Physics Social studies education* (Geography or Political Science) Technical education (at UW/Casper College Center only) * Concurrent majors as of spring 2006: students earn one degree at graduation, in secondary education from our college, with a concurrent major in a specific academic field. Additional options for concurrent majors in other secondary education fields are being developed. Secondary education majors are strongly encouraged to identify a concurrent major option (if available in your field) to ensure stronger future employment options.

For more information: UW Department of Secondary Education 114 McWhinnie Hall (307) 766-3275

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our faculty

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As a student in the College of Education, you’ll have many opportunities to learn from, and interact with, an innovative faculty who are actively engaged in research and service to the teaching professions. You’ll find that students come first in our college, and that translates into an investment in your success. Classes are small and interactive. Faculty members bring to those classes insights from their research and from the field, where they are actively involved in collaborations with school administrators, teachers, and policy makers. ◗ Our faculty is recognized by students and peers across campus for teaching excellence. Through 2006, 19 College of Education faculty members have received the prestigious John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award. ◗ We’re recognized as exemplary instructors in the field, too. Through 2006, five recipients of the

Hollon Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Off-campus Programs have come from the College of Education. Members of our faculty are actively creating new knowledge by engaging in scholarship that enhances their classroom teaching, provides data that informs state and local educational policy decisions, and contributes to the knowledge base of their academic disciplines.

academic support As a student in the College of Education, you will find many sources of support in your journey toward a degree. Our faculty members take an active role in student success, acting as academic advisers and assisting students with class selection, academic planning, career advice, and referrals to campus student resources. Between admission and graduation, you will find that supportive relationship to be critical. Our Office of Teacher Education (OTE) also supports your academic journey. In addition to offering guidance on college and university procedures and expectations, the OTE offers an Academic Success Program designed to assist students who find they need additional support. Academic Success Program staff provide one-on-one opportunities to build skills in several areas, including time management, study strategies, note taking, and test taking. For more information: UW Office of Teacher Education 100 McWhinnie Hall (307) 766-2230 (307) 766-2018 fax

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scholarship opportunities As a student in the College of Education, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for many scholarships available to undergraduates, including 13 that are open to incoming first-year students. Among the awards available to you in your first year: ◗ Honor a Teacher Scholarship ◗ Josephine McCue Scholarship in Education ◗ Altamae Wynecoop Van Sant Merit Scholarship ◗ Charlotte Cossairt Memorial Scholarship �◗ Virginia M. Davis Memorial Scholarship �◗ Mary M. and David H. Crum Scholarship The annual application deadline for all College of Education scholarships is the last Friday of January. For a complete listing of undergraduate scholarships available in the college and a copy of the application, please visit: For more information: UW Office of Teacher Education 100 McWhinnie Hall (307) 766-2230

other financial aid options Through the university, you’ll find a variety of innovative and generous financialaid options to fit your individual needs and circumstances. In addition to need- and merit-based scholarships, UW offers a range of loan opportunities, such as the Wyoming Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program for students preparing to teach in the fields of special education, mathematics, or science, and employment via the federal Work-Study Program.

For more information: UW Office of Student Financial Aid 174 Knight Hall (307) 766-2116

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supporting your job search As graduation day nears and you prepare to begin your teaching career, you’ll find several resources to support your employment search through the UW Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS). CACS counselors can help you prepare your resume, practice your interviewing skills, and advise you in other areas of your job search. At the annual UW Teacher Fair, you will have a chance to meet and interview with school district recruiters from the Rocky Mountain region – and beyond — employers who appreciate the quality of graduates who emerge from our program. Other campus and online recruitment sources offered by the CACS will enhance your opportunities to find the right match for your first teaching job. For more information: UW Center for Advising and Career Services 222 Knight Hall (307) 766-2398

specific services for education majors: student groups and associations

You will have many opportunities to explore the field of education — and develop your leadership skills — as an active participant in one or more of our college-sponsored student organizations. College of Education Ambassadors. These ambassadors promote the College of Education on and off campus. They assist in student recruitment, provide tours of the college, assist at major college events, and take advantage of opportunities to promote the college’s programs across campus. Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society (KDP). KDP promotes fellowship, professional growth, and high achievement in educational work. KDP seeks members who exhibit commendable professional qualities, worthy educational ideals, and sound scholarship.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC). SCEC provides educational and service opportunities related to educating people with special needs. SCEC offers hands-on experience in the community, leadership training, and professional development. Student Wyoming Education Association (SWEA). SWEA is a branch of the Wyoming Education Association and the National Education Association. All College of Education students are eligible for membership, which carries such benefits as: networking with professionals at the local state and national levels; subscriptions to professional publications; workshops and conferences; and leadership development opportunities. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The student affiliate of the Wyoming Council of Teachers of English aims to provide a community conducive to supporting future teachers of English by providing them with meetings, discussions, and lectures concerned with current issues in English and education. For more information about student groups in the College of Education, including contacts, please visit the college’s Student Groups and Associations Web site:

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residence life options You’ll find an instant community of friends living nearby in the UW residence halls, helping to get your college experience off to a solid start through fostering personal and academic growth. Residence life staff members are committed to your success, safety, and comfort. In addition to well-maintained and newly renovated facilities, you’ll have access to free, high-speed Internet in your room and computer labs at locations throughout the halls. Free drop-in tutoring provides support in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and writing. Our Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) are innovative living and learning communities linking first-year students with common interests. If you join a FIG, you will be assigned to a special floor with other group members. You’ll also be registered for three or four core courses together during your first semester, giving you a ready group of peers who will be collaborating for success in the classroom. All first-year students must live on campus during their first two semesters at UW. Exceptions for special circumstances do exist; contact Residence Life and Dining Services for details. For more information: UW Office of Residence Life and Dining Services (866) 653-0212

Spring of your junior year — take the ACT or SAT January 1–31 — best time to apply for financial aid Last Friday of January — application for College of Education scholarships due ( February 1 — recommended deadline for submitting Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to processing center (

for more information about... ◗

College of Education degree programs, scheduling a college visit, or College of Education scholarships: UW Office of Teacher Education Dept. 3374, 1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071 100 McWhinnie Hall (307) 766-2230

Admission to the University of Wyoming, campus visits, Discovery Days: UW Office of Admissions 1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 3435 Laramie, WY 82071 1-800-Dial-Wyo (1-800-342-5996)

Financial aid opportunities, including other scholarships, loans, and grants: UW Office of Student Financial Aid Dept. 3335, 1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071 (307) 766-2116

Residence halls and dining services: UW Office of Residence Life and Dining Services 1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 3394 Laramie, WY 82071 (866) 653-0212

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Persons seeking admission, employment, or access to programs of the University of Wyoming shall be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or political belief. 2006/10M/NN

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UW College of Education Viewbook (2007)  

Our most recent viewbook, describing our undergraduate programs

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