South Carolina - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Teacher Licensure Renewal

Area: 
Teacher Licensure Renewal
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

In South Carolina, professional development is required for teachers in order to renew their certificate.

Body: 

IV. To renew a professional certificate, educators must comply with all applicable guidelines relative to certificate renewal options and criteria, renewal credits, and verification requirements, in accordance with the current Certificate Renewal Plan, as developed by the Office of Teacher Certification and approved by the State Board of Education, as follows:
(A) An applicant who is employed in a position that requires educator certification must maintain verification of having earned a minimum of 120 renewal credits during the certificate’s five-year validity period. Renewal credits may be earned through professional activities that directly relate to the educator’s professional growth and development plan, support the goals of the employing educational entity, and promote student achievement, as required by Regulation 43-205.1, Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT), and Regulation 43-165.1, Program for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Principal Performance (ADEPP).
(B) An applicant who is not employed in a position that requires educator certification but who chooses to maintain a current certificate must submit verification of having earned a minimum of 120 renewal credits during the certificate’s five-year validity period. Renewal credits may be earned through professional activities that directly relate to the educator’s current area(s) of certification or to a formal program of study (master’s, specialist, or doctorate) in a certification area in which the educator is officially enrolled.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
03/15/2016