VI MS Special Education Certification and Exam Requirements

U.S. Virgin Islands MS Special Education 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.

Refer to the following for specific state requirements:
general Virgin Islands teacher certification requirements.


Endorsement Available for Graduates of WGU's MS Special Education Program: Special Educator in Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Grades K-12

Graduates of WGU's MS Special Education teacher preparation program will be eligible for grades K-12 Special Educator (mild/moderate disabilities) teacher certification in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  This endorsement will allow you to teach special education in grade levels in which you are highly qualified to teach.

Special Education Exams and Requirements:

Content Exam: Praxis II 0354 (paper) or 5354 (computer), Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

WGU Program Requirement:Praxis II 0543 (paper) or 5543 (computer), Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (for students who matriculated on 9/1/2011 or after)

To be eligible for certification, you must pass the Praxis II 0354 exam required by the Virgin Islands for special education certification and meet all other general U.S. Virgin Island teacher certification requirements and general Utah teacher certification requirements.


Before registering for the Praxis II exam, 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 can be found by reviewing the VI 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 801-906-5108 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.


Those who matriculate in the MS Special Education program after March 1, 2010 will complete 240 in-class clock hours of supervised practicum in elementary and secondary special education classrooms as part of their capstone project. 



Information on how to submit direct application to the U.S. Virgin Islands for an added special educator endorsement is available in the Adding an Endorsement to a U.S. Virgin Islands Teaching Certificate article in this handbook.



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