The South Carolina Teaching and Certification Resource
How to Become a Teacher in South Carolina
To meet the basic eligibility requirements for teacher certification in South Carolina, candidates must have at least a four-year degree from an accredited institute of higher education, pass the required Praxis assessments, and be cleared by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) following a criminal records and background check. Additionally, the South Carolina State Department of Education will verify eligibility based on the candidate’s completion of an approved teacher preparation program, verification of an out-of-state license, or successful participation in the Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE). Traditionally, applicants may receive an Initial Certificate which will allow them to teach for three years; after successfully teaching in the classroom for this period of time, teachers will become eligible for a renewable Professional Certificate which is good for five years.
- I want to be a teacher in South Carolina, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about South Carolina’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- Global Training and Development - EdS
- E-Learning - EdS
- General Education - Doctor of Education
- Curriculum and Teaching - EdS
- And more...
South Carolina Teacher Education Requirements
In order to receive certification to teach in the state of South Carolina via the traditional route, applicants must complete a teacher education program from an accredited college or university, complete a student teaching internship, hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and provide a letter of recommendation from a designated college official. Alternative routes to certification in South Carolina are also available to those who meet the eligibility requirements and are willing to complete a prescribed course of study.
In January 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported South Carolina’s unemployment rate at 9.6%, slightly higher than the national average of 8.5%. The Occupational Supply and Demand System projects 3,381 annual job openings in education and library related fields in South Carolina through 2018. In fall 2008 and 2007 respectively, the National Center for Education Statistics listed 49,941 public school and 5,550 private school teachers employed in South Carolina. According to the National Education Association, the average beginning teaching salary in South Carolina is $31,710 and the overall average teaching salary in South Carolina is $47,050, the 12th lowest among US states. The NEA also notes teacher shortages in art, business education, language arts, foreign languages, math, science and special education. Specialization in anyone of these fields may greatly increase the employment opportunity of newly certified teachers. The South Carolina Education Association is updated frequently with state education policy, employment opportunities and budget allocations and is a useful resource for new educators interested in working in South Carolina. For more specific information regarding certification, please contact local education and teaching schools and degree programs.
South Carolina Teacher Testing Requirements
The South Carolina State Board of Education requires that teachers seeking initial or alternative certification present passing scores on the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) and Praxis II: Subject Assessments/Specialty Area examinations in order to receive and maintain their certification to teach in the South Carolina public school systems. The Praxis series is used for teacher certification purposes in many states and is designed to assess the candidates’ knowledge of teaching fundamentals as well as their level of expertise in the subject area they plan to teach.
South Carolina Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||20,110||$48,380|
|Middle School Teachers||9,510||$48,830|
|Secondary School Teachers||14,140||$49,940|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
South Carolina Teacher Interview
Interview with Bridget Pearsall, South Carolina Math Teacher
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in South Carolina
Question: How can you become a substitute teacher in South Carolina?
Answer: The state of South Carolina has no statewide requirements for being a substitute teacher. Individual districts set their own requirements. To become a substitute, you need to apply to districts in which you want to work and follow their application procedures.
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