VI Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements

U.S. Virgin Islands 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.

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


Secondary Science Certifications Available

Science with Biology Specialization, Grades 7-12
Science with Chemistry Specialization, Grades 7-12
Science with Physics Specialization, Grades 7-12

Not Available: Science with Earth Science Specialization, Grades 7-12

Graduates of a WGU science grades 5-12 teacher preparation program will be eligible for grades 7-12 teacher certification in the U.S. Virgin Islands 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 the VI because that is how the VI Department of Education defines the grade range of secondary-level certification. 

Secondary Science Exams and Requirements:

Area of Certification


 Required Praxis II Content Exams


 Science 7-12, Biology

Content Exam: Praxis II 0435 (paper) or 5435 (computer), General Science: Content Knowledge                  
WGU Graduation Requirement: Praxis II 0235 (paper) or 5235 (computer), Biology: Content Knowledge


 Science 7-12, Chemistry

Content Exam: Praxis II 0435 (paper) or 5435 (computer), General Science: Content Knowledge
WGU Graduation Requirement: Praxis II 0245 (paper) or 5245 (computer), Chemistry: Content Knowledge


 Science 7-12, Physics

Content Exam: Praxis II 0435 (paper) or 5435 (computer), General Science: Content Knowledge
WGU Graduation Requirement: Praxis II 0265 (paper) or 5265 (computer), Physics: Content Knowledge


To qualify for the secondary science grades 7-12 certificate in the VI in one of the certification areas listed above, you must pass the Praxis II exam that aligns with your science content area major/specialization as well as meet all other general U.S. Virgin Island teacher certification requirements

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


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 the Virgin Islands 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.


Information on how to submit your application to the Virgin Islands for initial teacher certification upon completion of your WGU program is available in the U.S. Virgin Islands Teacher Certification Application Information article in this handbook. 



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