U.S. Virgin Islands

Overview of U.S. Virgin Islands Testing Requirements

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 U.S. Virgin Islands history within the first year of employment.
  • Pass the Praxis tests for their certification area.

According to the U.S. 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.

Important information

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 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.

Learn more about test requirements in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about educator certification in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including information on:

  • the hiring process
  • application procedures
  • educator examinations

The Division of Human Resources also offers further information on Praxis test selection and subject areas.

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