Date of Award


Document Type

EdD Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




Kay Persichitte

Second Advisor

Craig Shepherd

Third Advisor

Peter Moran


This paper is a historical case study that examines the teacher education opportunities presented via the University of Wyoming Summer School from 1905 to 1950 and how the state’s teacher population was affected by these opportunities. It contextualizes UW Summer School in the broader movements of teacher education at the time, from teacher institutes to normal schools. UW Summer School is remarkable considering that when it started, the University had only been in existence for 17 years. The UW Summer School was a successful model, bringing in students for 110 years. This case study fills in gaps in the literature pertaining to the educational history of the west and the institutional history of the University.