WA Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements - Approved

Washington Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements - Approved

In Washington, WGU's initial teacher preparation programs in science lead to a Residency Teacher (First Issue) Certificate with an endorsement in one of the following areas:  

Designated Science: Biology
Designated Science: Chemistry
Designated Science: Earth and Space Science
Designated Science: Physics

Content and Program Required Exams

You must pass one content exam plus the WGU Program Required exam to graduate from your program and be recommended for teacher certification. Important Information Regarding Content Exam Requirements for DT.


Area of Certification

 Content Exam

 WGU Program Required Exam

 Designated Science: Biology

NES Biology (305)

Or West-E Biology (022) if passed on or before 8/30/2016:

 Praxis 5235 Biology: Content Knowledge

Designated Science: Chemistry

NES Chemistry (306)

Or West-E Chemistry (023) if passed on or before 8/30/2016

 Praxis 5245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge

Designated Science: Earth & Space

NES Earth & Space Science (307)

Or West-E Earth & Space Science (024) if passed on or before 8/30/2016

 Praxis 5571 Earth & Space Sciences:

 Content Knowledge

 Designated Science: Physics

NES Physics (308)

Or West-E Physics (025) if passed on or before 8/30/2016

 Praxis 5265 Physics: Content Knowledge



Visit these links for more important information:

General Information About Licensing in Washington
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your Washington Teaching License

Washington Teaching Performance Assessment

Multiple Endorsements in Science






Article Number: 20293, 2345