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To become a certified teacher in South Carolina, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Requirements

Individuals who have completed a state-approved teacher education program and are applying for their South Carolina Initial Teaching License must meet the following requirements:

South Carolina Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have 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.

South Carolina Teacher Preparation

The South Carolina Department of Education requires prospective teachers to complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.

Alternative Certification

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. The state of South Carolina officially recognizes ABCTE certification as a route to earning your South Carolina teacher certification. scholarships for teachers specific to the State of South Carolina, visit our South Carolina Teacher Scholarships page.

South Carolina Required Tests

State Tests

To become a certified teacher in the state of South Carolina, all applicants are required to successfully complete the following three Praxis assessments: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE), Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) and Content Area assessment(s) in their area of licensure.

CORE

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

156

CORE: Reading

All areas of licensure are required to successfully pass all three (3) CORE subtests in order to gain entrance into a RI Teacher Preparation Program

162

CORE: Writing

All areas of licensure are required to successfully pass all three (3) CORE subtests in order to gain entrance into a RI Teacher Preparation Program

150

CORE: Mathematics

All areas of licensure are required to successfully pass all three (3) CORE subtests in order to gain entrance into a RI Teacher Preparation Program

PLT

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

157

PLT: Early Childhood

Early Childhood

160

PLT: Grades K-5

Elementary

160

PLT: Grades 5-9

Middle Grades

157

PLT: Grades 7-12

Secondary

Content Area Assessment(s)

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

158

Education of Young Children

Early Childhood Education

161

Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications

Elementary Education

164

Middle School English Language Arts

Language Arts

165

Middle School Mathematics

Mathematics

145

Middle School Science

Science

150

Middle School Social Studies

Social Studies

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Secondary Certification

162

Music: Content & Instruction

Adv. Fine Arts: Music

570

Biology & General Science

Biology

540

Chemistry, Physics, and General Science

Chemistry

153

Social Studies: Content & Integration

Economics, Geography, Government, History, Social Studies, Sociology

168

English Language Arts: Content & Analysis

English

164

Health Education

Health

160

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

Mathematics

137

Mathematics: Proofs, Models, & Problems Pt. 1

Mathematics

540

Chemistry, Physics, and General Science

Physics

154

Psychology

Psychology

570

Biology and General Science

Science

540

Chemistry, Physics, and General Science

Science

156

Theatre

Theatre

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Special Education Certification

160

Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Deafness & Hearing Impaired

159

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood

Early Childhood Special Education

151

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications

Emotional Disabilities

154

Middle School Mathematics

Mathematics

145

Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavior Disorders/Emotional Disturbances

Emotional Disabilities

151

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications

Learning Disabilities

151

Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities

151

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

Mental Disabilities

143

Special Education: Teaching Students with Mental Retardation

Mental Disabilities

158

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications

Multi-Categorical Special Education

158

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications

Severe Disabilities

163

Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Visually Impaired

Visit South Carolina’s Praxis Requirements for a complete list of available assessments.

South Carolina Certification Reciprocity

South Carolina will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the South Carolina Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

South Carolina Teacher Salary

  • 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
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in South Carolina makes $47,090

  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in South Carolina makes $48,930

  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in South Carolina makes 141% of the salary of the average worker in South Carolina
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in South Carolina receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

Background Check

South Carolina requires all applicants to undergo a background check on both a state and federal level before obtaining their educator license. View the SC DOE’s Fingerprinting Procedure or visit the SC Office of Educator Services for more information.

South Carolina Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in South Carolina.

Contact Information

      South Carolina State Department of Education

      Educator Certification Office

      8301 Parklane Road

      Columbia, South Carolina 29223

      808-734-8466 – Contact

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