How to Become a Teacher in South Carolina

South Carolina has high need for qualified teachers in its more than 1,000 public schools. Though it may not pay as well as in other states, becoming a teacher in South Carolina provides prospective educators with the opportunity to work with students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The state has provided an easy-to-use portal for certification applications and questions as well as applications to teach in a South Carolina school. Read on for more information on South Carolina teacher certification, including statistics regarding South Carolina certified teacher salaries, educational requirements, and reciprocity for those who receive this certification.

Education Requirements

To become a teacher in South Carolina, applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from an institution that has a teacher education program approved by the South Carolina State Board of Education, by the state where it’s located and a regional accrediting agency, or by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Applicants must also pass the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching exam that applies to them, as well as any relevant subject tests.

South Carolina Teaching Certification

All teachers in South Carolina must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution that meets one of these requirements: has a state-approved teacher education program and is accredited for general collegiate purposes by a regional accreditation association; a South Carolina institution that has programs approved for teacher education by the State Board of Education; or has programs approved for teacher education by NCATE. To be certified, applicants must also pass the required teaching tests, be at least 18 years old, and undergo a criminal records check. Alternative certification is also available through the state’s PACE program.

Required Tests

In South Carolina, teachers must pass the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching test for their grade level and the Praxis II: Subjects Assessments/Specialty Area Tests that are required for their specialty areas.

State Certification Reciprocity

South Carolina has reciprocity with all the U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and Guam. Teachers certified in other states may have to fulfill additional requirements or provide documentation to be certified in South Carolina.

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