How to OBTAIN Highly Qualified status in Wyoming
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act recognizes that a teaching degree from an accredited university in a specific content area is considered a "demonstration of competency". Applicants with a teaching degree in a HQ content area are considered Highly Qualified based on his/her major--and will be issued a five year standard teaching license without additional requirements (no testing required).
Applicants for first time licensure in Elementary Education and Social Studies Composite:
Elementary Education majors must take the Praxis II 5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam effective 09/01/2014. As of 08/31/2014, the Praxis II 0011/5011 Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment exam will no longer be available to test takers. To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam applicants must receive a passing score on each subtest. Applicants may take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time by selecting 5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects when registering. If applicants wish to take or retake an individual subtest, they may register to take just that subtest. Please click on the Praxis Exam Chart link below to see the passing scores for each subtest. Please note that PTSB will still accept the Praxis II exam for Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment exam if you have taken and passed the exam with a passing score of 160.
Social Studies Composite majors for Grades 6 through 12 must take the PRAXIS II exam 5081/0081 "Social Studies: Content Knowledge" and receive a passing score of 158 or better. For Social Studies Composite for Grades 5 through 8, applicants must have taken PRAXIS II exam 5089/0089 "Middle School Social Studies" and received a passing score of 153 or better.
Applicants who have held, or currently hold, a teaching certificate in Elementary or Social Studies are eligible for a five (5) year Wyoming Educator License without submission of either of the Praxis exams. However, these applicants will not be considered Highly Qualified until passing the Praxis II exam above.