Expanding the Pool of Teachers Policy
The state should provide an alternate route that is free from regulatory obstacles that limit its usage and providers.
Wyoming limits the usage and providers of its alternate route.
The Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program only offers certification in secondary education and focuses primarily on providing teachers in high-need subject areas such as mathematics and science.
The University of Montana is the only provider of this program.
Broaden alternate route usage.
Wyoming should reconsider grade-level and subject-area restrictions on its alternate route. Alternate routes should not be programs of last resort for hard-to-staff subjects, grade levels or geographic areas but rather a way to expand the teacher pipeline throughout the state.
Encourage diversity of alternate route providers.
Wyoming should specifically authorize alternate route programs run by local school districts and nonprofits, as well as institutions of higher education. A good diversity of providers helps all programs, both university and non-university based, to improve.
Wyoming recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.