VI Social Science Certification and Exam Requirements

U.S. Virgin Islands Social 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 Social Science Certification Available: Secondary History/Social Studies, 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 the U.S. Virgin Islands, 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 the VI because that is how the VI Department of Education defines the grade range of secondary-level certification. 

Secondary Social Science Exams and Requirements:

WGU Graduation Requirement: Praxis 5081, Social Studies: Content Knowledge

You must pass this exam in order to graduate from the program and be recommended for licensure. 



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 the test dates available. Because the VI does not require a praxis exam for Social Studies, students must satisfy the minimum score requirements for WGU's home-state of Utah. The minimum required scores for Utah can be found by reviewing the UT 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 1-801-906-5108 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.


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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