South Carolina - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Area: 
Educator Licensure Policy
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

In order to become a certified teacher in South Carolina, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution with an approved teacher preparation program, pass required content examinations, and be at least 18 years old.

Body: 

I. Requirements for Certification
A. Earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree either from an institution that has a state-approved teacher education program and is accredited for general collegiate purposes by a regional accreditation association, or from a South Carolina institution that has programs approved for teacher education by the State Board of Education, or from an institution that has programs approved for teacher education by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Professional education credit must be earned through an institution that has a teacher education program approved for initial certification.
B.Submit the required teacher area examination score(s) as adopted by the State Board of Education for purposes of certification. Effective July 1, 2006, the required score on the examination of general professional knowledge (pedagogy) as adopted by the State Board of Education for purposes of certification will be required for initial certification. Until that date, the general professional knowledge (pedagogy) examination will be required only for professional certification.
C.Be at least eighteen years of age.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
11/23/2015