PR Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements

Puerto Rico Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements

Note:  While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible.  State requirements change frequently.  It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.

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

LICENSURE AND EXAM REQUIREMENTS

Secondary Science Certifications Available:  

Biology, Grades 7-12
Chemistry, Grades 7-12
Physics, Grades 7-12


Graduates of a WGU science grades 5-12 teacher preparation program will be eligible for grades 7-12 teacher certification in Puerto Rico in the area(s) in which they have content specialization.  Students in a Post-baccalaureate or MAT Science 5-12 program will be eligible for certification that aligns with their undergraduate science major and must take the corresponding content exams.  While WGU's secondary science teacher preparation programs cover grades 5-12, grades 7-12 certification will be awarded in Puerto Rico because that is how the PR Department of Education defines the grade range of secondary-level certification. 

Secondary Science Exams and Requirements:

WGU students who want to become certified teachers in Puerto Rico need to first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program; they can then apply for a reciprocal license in PR after receiving their Utah license.  You will need to take the exams required for initial UT and PR licensure, as indicated in the table below, as well as meet all other general Utah teacher certification requirements and general Puerto Rico teacher certification requirements.

 

 

Area of Certification

 

 Required Exams
 Science 7-12, Biology

 

Puerto Rico Content Exam: PCMAS Pruebas de especialidad en las siguientes materias: Ciencias
Utah and WGU Required Exam:  Praxis II 0235, Biology Content Knowledge

 

 Science 7-12, Chemistry

 

Puerto Rico Content Exam: PCMAS Pruebas de especialidad en las siguientes materias: Ciencias
Utah and WGU Required Exam:  Praxis II 0245, Chemistry: Content Knowledge  

 

 Science 7-12, Physics

 

Puerto Rico Content Exam: PCMAS Pruebas de especialidad en las siguientes materias: Ciencias
Utah and WGU Required Exam: Praxis II 0265, Physics: Content Knowledge

 


REGISTERING FOR EXAMS

Before registering for these exams, be sure to review WGU's general policies regarding external certification exams. Praxis exam registration is available through the ETS website at www.ets.org/praxis; PCMAS exam registration is available at through the College Board's PCMAS website.  The websites will provide you with the test dates available. The minimum required scores for Puerto Rico and Utah can be found by reviewing the PCMAS FAQ Page and the UT Praxis Exam Requirements.

SUBMITTING SCORES

Submit your exam scores to WGU
and the Utah State Office of Education
.


CERTIFICATION APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Information on how to submit direct application to Puerto Rico for initial teacher certification upon completion of your WGU program is available in the  Puerto Rico Teacher Certification Application Information article in this handbook. Information on how to submit direct application to Puerto Rico for an added endorsement is available in the Adding an Endorsement to a Puerto Rico Teaching Certificate article in this handbook.
 

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