State law recommends newly hired staff who teach PE be certified, licensed, or endorsed by the state in PE.
Required Credentials for Professional Staff Members in the Instructional Programs of SC Public Schools
Outlines required credentials for PE teachers per grade level in SC state
South Carolina Code of Laws 59-10-10. Standard established; status reports to parents; decrease in student to physical education teacher ratio.
(A) ...Beginning in the 2006-07 school year, students in kindergarten through fifth grade must be provided a minimum of one hundred fifty minutes a week of physical education and physical activity. In 2006-07, a minimum of sixty minutes a week must be provided in physical education, and as Section 59-10-20 is phased in, the minimum time for physical education must be increased to ninety minutes a week. The certified physical education teacher to student ratio is designed to provide students in kindergarten through fifth grade with scheduled physical education either every day or on alternate days throughout the school year and must be based on the South Carolina Physical Education Curriculum Standard. The student to teacher ratio in a physical education class may not exceed the average student to teacher ratio of 28 to 1. An individual student’s fitness status must be reported to his parent or guardian during a student’s fifth grade, eighth grade, and high school physical education courses. The physical activity must be planned and coordinated by the Physical Education Activity Director pursuant to Section 59-10-30.