Government of the Virgin Islands of the United States

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If your certificate lapses, please contact the VIBE’s office as soon as possible.

St. Croix Office:

1115 Strand Street
Suite 201-B
Christiansted, VI 00820
Telephone No. 340-772-4144

St. Thomas Office:
P.O Box 11900 Dronningens Gade Nos. 60B, 61 & 62
St. Thomas, VI 00801
Telephone No. 340-774-4546 

When you possess the Professional Educator Certificate, you must complete 125 hours of professional development and/or course work every five years to keep this certificate valid. Applicable courses taken at an accredited university are granted 15 hours for each credit completed. The applicant is responsible for submitting his/her certificate of completion indicating the number of contact hours or a transcript indicating the credit hours and course(s) completed. 

Applicant must in addition to the requirements for the Elementary or Secondary Education Educator:

  • Have earned a minimum of a Master of Arts degree with 30 semester credit hours in Administration/Supervision
  • Have taken the School Leaders Licensure Assessment, Praxis II, Test Code 6990 with a passing score of 151 or better
  • Have successfully taken two Special Education Courses (required for Administrators)
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the subject area to be taught with a minimum of 30 credits and 26 professional education credits (Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, Classroom Management/Student Teaching, Curriculum and Methods, Educational Technology, Introduction to Special Education, and History of the Virgin Islands 
  • A minimum of 30 semester credit hours in 4 of the 6 general academic areas (English, Natural Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Foreign Language and Fine Arts)  
  • Pass the PRAXIS I exam (Minimum scores: Reading-156, Writing-162, Mathematics-150)
  •  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in elementary education or early childhood education with a minimum of 36 professional education credits (Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, Classroom Management/Student Teaching, Curriculum and Methods, Educational Technology, Introduction to Special Education, and History of the Virgin Islands 
  • A minimum of 42 semester credit hours in 5 of the 6 general academic areas (English, Natural Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Foreign Language and Fine Arts) 
  • Pass the PRAXIS II exam for elementary education content knowledge (VI passing score is 140)

An applicant can qualify for  Conditional Certificate in order to be employed as a U. S. Virgin Islands Educator. However, this certificate only allows you to be eligible to work for three (3) years.

The Virgin Islands Board of Education is mandated by law to certify and to have highly qualified elementary and secondary school teachers in every classroom in the US Virgin Islands. In order to fulfill these mandates, there are certain requirements needed for each level of certification.

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The Territorial Scholarship Loan/Grant program is administered by the Virgin Islands Board of Education.  Students are awarded with loans and/or grants.  All loans payments begin one (1) year after graduation at an interest rate of 6% and a 2% delinquency rate. Apply.

The matter should be addressed promptly at the Department of Education level. The process that should be followed if a person is going to appeal a case to the VIBE is dependent on the person having first exhausted all administrative remedies. These include:

  • A hearing with the Principal
  • A decision meeting with the Insular Superintendent
  • The right to appeal the results to the Commissioner of Education
  • The person then has thirty (30) days to appeal the Commissioner’s findings to the Board of Education
  • The appeal of the Commissioner’s findings to the Board must be done through a written notarized letter
  • The Board then has thirty (30) days to hear the appeal. After hearing the appeal, the Board renders its findings as soon as possible.
  • At the hearing, the person has the right to bring an attorney or any witnesses that he or she wishes to testify. The person is also allowed to ask questions of the Department of Education’s witnesses at that time, either through his or her attorney or by the person as the Appellant.

Due Process: How to file a complaint with the Board

Board members receive a $75 stipend for attending board meetings. 

  • Recommending the Establishment of Public Schools
  • Prescribing General Regulations and Orders regarding education and board operations
  • Recommending laws and amendments to Legislature
  • Cooperating with U.S. Department of Education and administration of federal laws related to general education and approve plans for same.
  • Recommending to Legislature Appropriations for public schools and Education
  • Issuing certificates licensing holders to teach in public schools
  • Promulgate rules and regulations related to compulsory school attendance.
  • Expulsion of Pupils; Appeal
  • Prescribe Rules and Regulations for homeschooling
  • Authorize the making of Scholarship Grants and Loans from Territorial Scholarship Fund up to $2,000 for undergraduates and $4,000 for graduates
The most important responsibility of VIBE is to work with our communities to improve student achievement in Virgin Islands public schools. The VIBE’s authority and jurisdiction are guided by the Virgin Islands Code. The VIBE establishes policies and regulations by which the Virgin Islands public schools are governed.

The VI Board of Education is comprised of elected individuals who are to be leaders and champions for public education in the US Virgin Islands.

Financial Aid

Yes, applicant must be an active Virgin Islands Governemt employee; must be recommended on a meritorious basis by the employee’s department/agency head.

Yes, the Exceptional Children Grant is available for school age children. Child must have a physical or mental disability and demonstrated exceptional abilities and the need for educational training not available within. The value is $2,000.00 per year not to exceed four (4) years.

Awards are base on major grade point average, special circumstances and distribution by island.

This is a stipulation scholarship in the amount of $3,500.00 – 5,000.00 base on funds availibilty for which the applicant must meet the following requirements: Must be enrolled in a Nursing Program, have a GPA of 2.5 or above and attending an accredited institution.

Applicant Eligibility: Must be a bona fide resident of the Virgin Islands, graduate from a high school in the Virgin Islands, in financial need,· have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.0 or 2.5 for Nursing and accepted to or attending an accredited institution.

Territorial Scholarships under this section may be of varied character according to the needs of the student and his or her educational program. The maximum award for graduates and undergraduates is $6,000.00. Limited total award of $4.600.00 for UVI undergrad students; grant amount not exceed $3,500.00 and $6,000.00 for off-island colleges/universiities; grant amount not exceed $4,500.00. Limited total award of $5,000.00 for on-line courses; grant not to exceed $4,000.00. liThe amount of the scholarship renewal to the same individual may be increased or decreased as the Board deems necessary and appropriate.

Applications are available online at our St. Thomas and St. Croix offices beginning the third Monday in January to around April 20th each year.

The V. I. Board of Education offers seven (7) different scholarships: Territorial Loan/Grant Awards,  Special Legislative Grants, In-Service Training Grant, Summer Grant, the Morris F. De Castro Fellowship, and Nursing Grant.