Puerto Rico Social Science Certification and Exam Requirements
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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.
LICENSE AND EXAM REQUIREMENTS
Secondary Social Science Certification Available: Secondary Social Science, Grades 7-12
Graduates of a WGU social science grades 5-12 teacher preparation program will be eligible for grades 7-12 social studies teacher certification in Puerto Rico, which will allow them to teach in any single subject social studies classroom in that grade range. While WGU's social science teacher preparation programs cover grades 5-12, grades 7-12 certification will be awarded in PR because that is how the PR Department of Education defines the grade range of secondary-level certification.
Secondary Social Science Exams and Requirements:
Puerto Rico Content Exam: PCMAS Pruebas de especialidad en las siguientes materias: Estudios Sociales/Historia
Utah Content Exam: Praxis 5081, Social Studies: Content Knowledge
WGU Graduation Requirement: Praxis 5081, Social Studies: Content Knowledge
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. To be eligible for licensure in both Utah and Puerto Rico, students must pass the PCMAS Social Studies exam, the Praxis II 0081 exam, and meet all other general Puerto Rico teacher certification requirements and general Utah teacher certification requirements. The Praxis II 0081 exam will also satisfy the WGU Praxis graduation requirement for the 5-12 Post-baccalaureate and MA in Teaching social science programs.
REGISTERING FOR EXAMS
Before registering for the PCMAS and Praxis 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 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.
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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