PRAXIS Exam WGU Program Requirements: Secondary Science
This article provides a historical description of which exam policy was in effect depending on the time you matriculated (started your program), re-enrolled, or changed to a new program at WGU.
See the WGU Program Requirements article for current policies on required exams, re-admission, minimum cut scores, test fees, registration, and submitting score reports to WGU.
As part of WGU program requirements, students in a middle school science or secondary biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics teacher preparation program must pass the Praxis exam listed below that aligns with their WGU program. These exams are a WGU program requirement and may be required to be taken in addition to your state-mandated content exam:
Middle School Science: There are three options to satisfy the exam requirement for Middle School Science:
1. PRAXIS 5440, Middle School Science
2. PRAXIS 0439, Middle School Science
3. PRAXIS 5435 General Science: Content Knowledge
Biology: PRAXIS 0235 (paper) or 5235 (computer), Biology: Content Knowledge
Chemistry: PRAXIS 0245 (paper) or 5245 (computer), Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Earth Science: PRAXIS 0571 (paper) or 5571 (computer), Earth Science: Content Knowledge
Physics: PRAXIS 0265 (paper) or 5265 (computer), Physics: Content Knowledge
WGU EXAM REQUIREMENTS POLICY: The policy on required exams has evolved over time. Requirements are dependent on when you started your education at WGU – your matriculation date.
If you matriculated in 2007 or later:
Initial Programs: Prior to entering Demonstration Teaching, you must attempt the PRAXIS exam indicated in the list above and the content exam(s) required by your state. Prior to graduation, you must pass both.
Endorsement Programs: Prior to graduation, you must pass the PRAXIS exam indicated in the list above.
If you matriculated in 2005 or 2006:
Graduation requirements are the PRAXIS or the state-designated exam appropriate to the grade-level of your program. In other words, you have a choice in case your state has an alternate to the PRAXIS. However, if you are in an initial licensure program, to receive that license, you must also pass the state-designated content test if such exists for your state. Please note that this leads to an interesting loophole for licensure students, where you might be able to graduate from WGU but not receive a teaching license for your state. Be very careful!
If you matriculated in 2004 or earlier:
Graduation requirements are the PRAXIS, appropriate to the grade-level of your degree. However, if you are in an initial licensure program, to receive that license, you must also pass the state-designated content test if such exists for your state.
Note: This leads to an interesting loophole for licensure students, where you might be able to graduate from WGU but not receive a teaching license for your state. Be very careful!
If you have questions about which exams are required for certification in your state, please email the Licensure Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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