If you’re looking to become a teacher in South Carolina but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) option is an alternative route you can take to become a certified teacher in a short amount of time. option is available in the state to expedite the typical four-year process. Here is a look at what the program is all about and what you need to know to apply.
Program Mission and Overview
The PACE program allows prospective teachers to earn a professional teaching license in three years. Candidates receive a temporary license during the program to gain hands-on experience teaching in a classroom. In addition, candidates must complete course requirements, which vary per candidate and are determined by a team of guidance counselors.
Eligibility and How to Apply
To be eligible for this program, candidates must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a certification area from a regionally accredited university.
- Pass the content area exam used by the state Board of Education.
- Have two years of full-time work experience in the content area they would like to teach, or one year of full-time work experience combined with a year of part-time work and advanced degree work in the course area.
- Obtain full- or part-time employment with a South Carolina school.
- Not have a teaching certificate in another state.
Applicants may learn more about the application process and apply online.
Candidates are responsible for all costs associated with the program, including:
- Application fee of $105.
- Criminal background check fee of $51.50.
- PRAXIS tests at $80 to $105.
- Pre-service institute and four seminars at $250.
- In-service institute and final seminars at $250 during the second year.
- Room, board and any travel expenses.
- The cost of the three required college courses, which varies depending on the institution.
- Principals of Learning and Teaching test at $90.
Upon receipt of the alternative route license, candidates may obtain a student loan through the South Carolina Teachers Loan Program, which is eligible for Teacher Student Loan Forgiveness.
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