South Carolina Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions
To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate certification or a Master of Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams, as well as all state-required exams.
South Carolina accepts direct applications for licensure from those who have graduated from an out-of-state, approved teacher preparation program such as those offered by WGU. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for South Carolina licensure.
Step 1: Prior to Demonstration Teaching, you will have already completed an application for certification and the appropriate background checks for certification. Background clearances are valid for 18 months. If your background clearances are more than 18 months old, follow the instructions to obtain a new live scan. Your application will not be complete until the results of the background check are reported by the FBI to the SC Office of Educator Certification. This usually takes one to two weeks following the submission of your fingerprints.
Step 2: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, you will find instructions on how to do so here. You may also have them sent electronically through Parchment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bachelor's and Post-baccalaureate students should not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 3: Submit a copy of your Social Security Card (US) by mail or fax. Copies of the social security card are NOT accepted via email.
Step 4: Once you have received notice of your graduation, fill out only your personal information on the top portion of the South Carolina Verification of College Preparation form located as an attachment below the text of this article or by clicking here. After completing the top portion, send it to WGU Teachers College Licensure using the contact information below. An email submission with pdf attachment is preferred.
Fax: (801) 401-7961
A Certification Analyst in the Licensure Department will fill out the remainder of the form and mail it back to you in a sealed envelope for inclusion in your application packet. You will also receive an email with an electronic copy of your completed form once it has been mailed.
**If you have not already reported your Praxis pedagogy exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer as well, so that your recommendation can be completed. While it is possible to graduate from WGU without completing the pedagogy exam, we cannot recommend you for licensure until you have completed this exam.
Step 5: If the South Carolina Department of Education is not listed as a recipient on your Praxis score reports (content and pedagogy), you will need to contact ETS and request that they mail an official score report directly to SC DOE. You may do this by calling 1-800-772-9476 or by submitting an Additional Score Report Request Form to ETS via fax or mail.
Step 6: If you have already worked for a South Carolina district full-time prior to applying for South Carolina Licensure, you need to include the Experience Verification form as part of your application packet. Also, if you already hold a current teaching license in another state, you need to submit a copy of both sides of that license as well.
Step 7: Mail your completed college verification form and official transcripts to:
Division of School Effectiveness
Office of Educator Services
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29223
Step 8: After receipt and evaluation of all required documents, an Office of Teacher Certification staff member will advise you in writing of your status. You may check the documents on file by utilizing the South Carolina Department of Education's View Certification Status website.
Article Number: 20142, 1413