AR Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements

Arkansas Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements

Note: WGU students who want to become certified in Arkansas need to first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program; a student can then apply for a reciprocal license in Arkansas after receiving their Utah license. Refer to the following for specific state requirements: general Utah teacher certification requirements and general Arkansas teacher certification requirements.

In Arkansas, this program leads to a certification in one of the following areas:  


  • Biology/Life Science (7-12)
  • Chemistry (7-12)
  • Earth Science (7-12)
  • Physics (7-12)


Area of Certification

Required Praxis Content Exam for UT Certification (see also WGU Praxis graduation requirements) 

Biology/Life Science (7-12)

Content Exam: Praxis 5235 , Biology: Content Knowledge

Chemistry (7-12)

Content Exam for Chemistry Programs: Praxis 5245, Chemistry: Content Knowledge

Earth Science (7-12)

Content Exam: Praxis 5571, Earth Science: Content Knowledge

Physics (7-12)

Content Exam for Physics Programs: Praxis 5265, Physics: Content Knowledge 

Additional Exams May Be Required After Graduation
When you apply for a reciprocal certificate in Arkansas, you will report your Utah test scores, and the state of Arkansas will either accept these in lieu of the Arkansas requirements or issue a one year provisional teaching license. You will then have one year to take any additional tests deemed necessary.

Visit these links for more important information:
General Information About Licensing in Arkansas
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU and the Utah State Office of Education

Applying for Your Arkansas Teaching License





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