SC Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

South Carolina Certification Requirements and Available Licenses


Early Childhood Education, Pk-Grade 3

Elementary Education Grades 2-9

Special Education Multicategorical, Pk-12  (Mild/Moderate)

Middle Level Mathematics, Grades 5-8

Middle Level Science, Grades 5-8

Social Studies, Grades 9-12

Mathematics, Grades 9-12

Biology, Grades 9-12

Chemistry, Grades 9-12

Physics, Grades 9-12

Earth and Space Science, Grades 9-12

English, Grades 9-12
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Pk-Grade 12
Elementary Principal, Pk-Grade 8 or Secondary Principal, Grades 6-12


South Carolina has the following requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification:
1. DEGREE: A bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or from a South Carolina institution that has programs approved for teacher education by the State Board of Education, or from an institution that has programs approved for teacher education by CAEP.

2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a teacher preparation program that is regionally accredited and/or accredited by CAEP and is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home-state of the program.

3. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.

4. EXAM REQUIREMENTS: Passing all of the required Praxis content and pedagogy exams and the basic skills exam.

For further details on South Carolina teacher certification requirements, please see the South Carolina Department of Education Website






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