How to Qualify for Certification
For initial certification in the U.S. Virgin Islands, all candidates must:
- Earn a baccalaureate degree.
- Submit appropriate applications.
- Submit official transcripts from all accredited institutions.
- Demonstrate proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or other approved work status.
- Complete a course in Virgin Islands history within the first year of employment.
- Pass The Praxis Series® tests for their certification area.
According to the Virgin Island's Board of Education's Certification document, there are also general course requirements for any person who would like to teach in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Elementary school teachers need 36 education credits, and secondary school teachers need 26 education credits.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education offers comprehensive details on certification requirements.
As of the 2014–15 testing year, ETS discontinued paper-delivered testing. However, Praxis® tests will continue to be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
Who Must Take the Tests?
Every new secondary school teacher or elementary content area teacher (art, music, physical education, etc.) must take and pass the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests, which consist of Reading, Writing and Mathematics sections.
Elementary K–6 teachers must take the Praxis® Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II® tests examination in Elementary Education: Content Knowledge.
Candidates who do not have a content area major must take the appropriate Praxis tests for each area of certification they seek.
- About the Praxis Tests
- The Praxis Series® Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs