Teacher Licensure State Requirements - Puerto Rico

Become a Teacher in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico teacher certification

Are you looking to make a difference? Completing a teaching certification program will help you meet the requirements to become a teacher and connect with your students.

Before becoming a licensed teacher in Puerto Rico, you must meet all of Puerto Rico's teacher certification requirements including:

  • Apply for a license in Utah and then apply for a license in Puerto Rico through reciprocity. See Utah Certification Requirements.
  • Possess a bachelor's degree.
  • Complete an accredited teacher education program.
  • Earn passing scores on the Basic Skills Exam, Praxis Exams Required for Utah Certification and the Programa de Pruebas para la Certificacion de Maestros (PCMAS).
  • Clear a Puerto Rico Police Department background check within six (6) months of applying for your license, and a background check from any place you have resided during the past five years.
  • Obtain a certificate of good health within six (6) months of applying for your license.
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. All WGU graduates have the equivalent of a 3.0 in their WGU program. However, since the requirement is that the 3.0 GPA be earned in a BA or MA program, those enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program at WGU must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate program in order to be eligible for PR certification. If they do not, then they will need to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching program at WGU, rather than a post-bacc program, in order to fulfill the PR GPA requirement.
  • Complete a course on the education of the exceptional child. This content is included in your WGU program.
  • Complete a U.S. history course. This content is included in your WGU program as part of the liberal arts core of our bachelor's degree programs. Students in post-baccalaureate or MAT programs will need to ensure that they take this required course prior to applying for certification in PR if they have not already done so as part of their undergraduate program.
  • Complete a course on the integration of technology in teaching. This content is included in your WGU program.
  • Complete a course on the history of Puerto Rico. This course is not available at WGU but can be taken at other local or online schools where available.

For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Puerto Rico, please check the Puerto Rico Department of Education website:
Puerto Rico Department of Education Web site
(787) 759-2000

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