Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics, and other information are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 12/18/2016
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Step One: Prerequisite Coursework
The first step in becoming a certified teacher is choosing a specialization and/or grade level preference and earning your bachelor's degree.
Here are some examples:
Early childhood education major
Elementary education major
Secondary education major (requires a specific subject major)
All states require that certified teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. South Carolina, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Typically accredited teacher preparation programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork.The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design, and implement learning techniques in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include onsite observations, student teaching, and internships.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here to learn about obtaining your alternative teacher certification in South Carolina.
The next step in earning your South Carolina teaching license is completing three Praxis assessments: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE), Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) and Content Area assessment(s) in their area of licensure.
It’s necessary to submit an application to continue with the licensure process in South Carolina. Go to the South Carolina State Department of Education’s Aspiring Educators page for more information. Please make sure you have all your supporting documents. Here's a complete checklist of items first-time applicants will need to submit with their license application.
You have the option to submit an online credit card fee payment, check, or money order for $105.00 to cover the processing of your application materials. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the "South Carolina Department of Education".
The $105.00 fee is Non-Refundable and does not include a FBI fingerprint processing fee. The application fee for PACE applicants is due when eligibility is confirmed.
All certification processes require official college transcripts from each college you attended.
Official transcripts can be accepted through two methods: mail or email. Transcripts sent by mail must arrive in an official sealed envelope. Transcripts sent by email must come from the college or university's registrar's office and be supported by Parchment, Scrip-Safe, or Credential Solutions.
If you choose to mail your transcript(s), please use the following address:
South Carolina Department of Education Division of Federal, State and Community Resources Office of Educator Services 8301 Parklane Road Columbia, South Carolina 29223
Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey, to request that an official copy of your teacher examination scores be submitted directly to the Office of Educator Certification. ETS can provide scores that are within 10 years old. ETS no longer provides sealed score reports directly to examinees.
This form verifies completion of an approved teacher education program. If applicable, complete the personal data portion of the recommendation form and send it to the college where you completed your teacher preparation, including student teaching. The college will return it to you for inclusion in your submission package.
Copy of Social Security Card (US)
Can be a photocopy and should be faxed or submitted via US Mail. Copies of the social security card are NOT to be submitted by email.
South Carolina will accept certain teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Iowa and Minnesota. If you would like to teach in another state with your pre-existing license, check the South Carolina State Department of Education’s Out of State Teachers page to find out more about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.
Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: South Carolina provides loan forgiveness support for teachers teaching in high-needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: South Carolina has strong induction policies in place including its Adept System.