TN Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements

Tennessee 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.


Secondary Science Certifications Available 
grades 6-12 with the exception of Physics (7-12).

Biology, Grades 6-12
Chemistry, Grades 6-12
Earth Science, Grades 6-12
Physics, Grades 7-12

Graduates of a WGU science grades 5-12 teacher preparation program will be eligible for grades 6-12 teacher (or 7-12 for physics) certification in Tennessee 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 6-12 certification(or 7-12 for physics) will be awarded in Tennessee because that is how the Tennessee Department of Education defines the grade range of secondary-level certification. 

Secondary Science Exams and Requirements:


 Area of Certification  Required Praxis Exams
 Science 6-12, Biology

Content Exam: Praxis 5235, Biology: Content Knowledge 
Pedagogy Exam: Praxis 5624, Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 *See note below


 Science 6-12, Chemistry

Content Exam: Praxis 5245, Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Pedagogy Exam: Praxis 5624, Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 *See note below


 Science 6-12, Earth Science

Content Exam: Praxis 5571, Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
Pedagogy Exam: Praxis 5624, Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 *See note below


 Science 7-12, Physics Content Exam: Praxis 5265, Physics: Content Knowledge
Pedagogy Exam: Praxis 5624, Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 *See note below


*Note: Effective 10/1/2016, if you completed edTPA during the demonstration teaching portion of your WGU teacher

 preparation program, then you do not need to pass Praxis 5624, Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12.

 If you did not complete edTPA, then you must pass Praxis 5624 to be eligible for licensure recommendation in




To qualify for a Secondary Science grades 6-12 certificate (7-12 for physics) in Tennessee in one of the endorsement areas listed above, you must pass the Praxis exams that align with your science content area major/specialization as well as meet all other general Tennessee teacher certification requirements.

WGU Program Requirement: You must consult your mentor and the WGU Program Requirements article in this handbook to determine whether you are required to take any additional Praxis tests to meet WGU program requirements for graduation.

Previous Exam Requirement: As of September 1, 2011, the Praxis 0624 exam replaced the Praxis 0524 exam. The Praxis 0524 exam will still be accepted for certification if it was completed prior to this change.


Before registering for the Praxis II exams, be sure to review WGU's general policies regarding external certification exams. Exam registration is available through the ETS website at  The ETS website will provide you with the test dates available. The minimum required scores for Tennessee can be found by reviewing the TN Praxis Exam Requirements.


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  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.


All initial teacher candidates must complete the Tennessee Teaching Performance Assessment requirement.


Information on how to submit direct application to Tennessee for initial teacher licensure upon completion of your WGU program is available in the Tennessee Teacher Certification Application Information article in this handbook. 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 Tennessee Teaching Certificate article in this handbook.  





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