State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Wyoming

April 2018


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at

Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Wyoming has adopted the 2011 ELCC standards for program approval. Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 4 § 4
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 4 § 2
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Principal preparation programs must align with the adopted ELCC program approval standards. Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 4 § 4
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? No state policy found.
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? Yes. Institutions of higher learning that offer programs for the preparation of educators may seek approval to offer innovative and experimental programs. Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 4 § 9
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Initial Administrator Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a Wyoming license in a teaching field
  • Complete an educational leadership program from a nationally or regionally-accredited college/university and receive institutional recommendation.
Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 3 § 2
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable license issued by another state must verify out-of-state licensure requirements are substantially equivalent to in-state requirements for preparation or verify three years teaching experience within the last six years. Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 2 § 6
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? No state policy found. However, applicants who are hired by a local school district as an administrator who do not hold full licensure may apply for an exception authorization.

In addition, state policy allows for innovative and/or experimental preparation programs. 
Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 5 § 1

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