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.

Helpful Resources

Anderson University

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316 Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29621-4035
(864) 231-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Benedict College

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1600 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204-1086
(803) 256-4220

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Bob Jones University

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1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard
Greenville, SC 29614-0001
(864) 242-5100

Type of School:

  • Private for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

Charleston Southern University

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9200 University Blvd
Charleston, SC 29406-9121
(843) 863-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

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171 Moultrie St
Charleston, SC 29409
(843) 225-3294

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Claflin University

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400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115-4498
(803) 535-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Clemson University

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201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
(864) 656-4636

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Coastal Carolina University

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103 Tom Trout Drive
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 347-3161

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Coker College

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300 E College Ave
Hartsville, SC 29550
(843) 383-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

College of Charleston

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66 George St
Charleston, SC 29424-0001
(843) 953-5500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Columbia College

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1301 Columbia College Dr
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 786-3012

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Converse College

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580 E Main St
Spartanburg, SC 29302-0006
(864) 596-9000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Erskine College

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2 Washington St
Due West, SC 29639
(864) 379-2131

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Francis Marion University

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4822 East Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29506
(843) 661-1362

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Furman University

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3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613-6162
(864) 294-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Greenville Technical College

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738 S Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC 29607-2418
(864) 250-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Lander University

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320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29649-2099
(864) 388-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Limestone College

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1115 College Drive
Gaffney, SC 29340-3799
(800) 795-7151

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Midlands Technical College

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1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170-2176
(803) 738-8324

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Morris College

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100 West College Street
Sumter, SC 29150-3599
(803) 934-3200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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