District of Columbia Master of Arts in Science Education (MASE) Certification and Exam Requirements
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LICENSE AND EXAM REQUIREMENTS
Middle Science Certification Available: Middle School Science, Grades 4-8
Secondary Science Certifications Available:
Biology, Grades 7-12
Chemistry, Grades 7-12
Physics, Grades 7-12
Not Available: Geosciences
Graduates of a WGU science grades 5-9 teacher preparation program will be eligible for grades 4-8 science teacher certification in DC, which will allow them to teach in any single subject science classroom in that grade range. While WGU's science teacher preparation programs cover grades 5-9, grades 4-8 certification will be awarded in DC because that is how the District of Columbia defines the grade range of middle-level certification.
Graduates of a WGU Master of Arts in Science Education (MASE) grades 5-12 program will be eligible for grades 7-12 teacher certification in DC in the area(s) in which they have content specialization. While WGU's secondary science teacher preparation programs cover grades 5-12, grades 7-12 certification will be awarded in DC because that is how the District of Columbia defines the grade range of secondary-level certification.
Middle Science Exams and Requirements:
Content Exam: Praxis II 5440, Middle School Science (Or, if passed prior to 9/1/2014: Praxis II 0439, Middle School Science)
Pedagogy Exam: Praxis II 5623, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5-9
WGU Program Requirement: You have two options to satisfy the WGU Program Requirement. You may pass either:
1. Praxis II 5440, Middle School Science
2. Praxis II 0439, Middle School Science
To qualify for the Middle Level Science grades 4-8 certificate in DC, you must pass the Praxis II 5440 and 5623 exams as well as meet all other general DC teacher certification requirements. The Praxis II 5440 exam will also meet the WGU Program Requirement for the 4-8 science teacher licensure programs.
Secondary Science Exams and Requirements:
To qualify for science certification in DC, you must pass the corresponding exams listed in the chart above as well as meet all other general DC teacher certification requirements. The Praxis II exams listed above will also satisfy the WGU Program Requirement for MASE programs.
REGISTERING FOR EXAMS
Before registering for a Praxis II content exam, be sure to review WGU's general policies regarding external certification exams. Exam registration is available through the ETS website at www.ets.org/praxis. The ETS website will provide you with the test dates available. The minimum required scores for Washington D.C. can be found by reviewing the DC Praxis Exam Requirements.
SUBMITTING SCORES TO WGU
To ensure that WGU receives ALL of your exam scores and can verify your eligibility for licensure, you must fax a copy of your official score report to the Assessments Office at 1-801-606-7021 or email a scanned copy to email@example.com. All required exam scores must be on file with WGU at your time of graduation so that the Certification Officer can recommend you for certification.
CERTIFICATION APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Those seeking an added endorsement to a current teaching certificate after completion of a Masters of Science Education program at WGU should follow the instructions in the Adding an Endorsement to a DC Teaching Certificate article in this handbook.
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