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South Carolina Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective teachers in South Carolina can use the Praxis exam(s) to receive their teacher certification. Below is a list of Praxis exams 240 can help you pass in South Carolina:

South Carolina Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in South Carolina, you must complete the follow steps:

Meet Education Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree is the minimum education requirement for South Carolina teachers.
  • Initial certification candidates also must complete a teacher education program through a regionally accredited institution or from a state institution that has teacher education programs approved by the South Carolina Board of Education.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Student teaching, or a student internship, is required for completion of approved teacher education programs in South Carolina.
  • Your student teaching experience must last at least 12 weeks or 60 full days with at least 10 full days of independent teaching in one setting.

Pass Required Exams

  • You must achieve required scores on the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) pedagogy assessment that aligns with the grade levels you intend to teach.
  • You must also pass the basic skills requirement by achieving acceptable scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. SAT or ACT scores that meet state minimums can be substituted for the basic skills assessment.

Apply for Certification

  • Your education and test transcripts must be sent to the South Carolina Department of Education.
  • You also must provide a completed Verification of College Preparation Recommendation for Teacher Certificate form signed by an official representative of your teacher preparation program.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.

Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.

Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.

Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in South Carolina?

Teaching in South Carolina requires an active teaching license issued by the South Carolina Department of Education. These licenses expire every five years, and they must be renewed before expiration to remain valid.

Best Education Schools in South Carolina

  • University of South Carolina
  • Clemson University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Bob Jones University
  • Columbia International University

South Carolina Teacher Salary Information

The average Public School Teacher salary in South Carolina is $54,702 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $45,670 and $66,732. 

 

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South Carolina Teacher Certification FAQs

Can you teach in SC without a teaching degree?

Yes, some alternative certification programs allow you to teach in South Carolina public schools just by having a Bachelor’s degree in a program other than education.

What is required to be a teacher in SC?

To earn your South Carolina teaching credential you will have to complete the required amount of undergraduate coursework and pass standardized tests, as well participate in an accredited certification program.

Are teachers in demand in South Carolina?

Yes. There has been an increase in teacher vacancies in South Carolina for the fifth consecutive year, according to the Palmetto State Teachers Association. The 2023 Supply and Demand Report states there are 1,613 vacant positions, which is the highest number ever recorded.

Can you teach in SC with an associate’s degree?

No. The educator must meet all criteria for an initial area of certification and have earned a bachelor’s degree that meets SBE regulations for teacher certification and program approval.

Can you teach in South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree?

Yes. All you need is a 4-year bachelor’s degree and a qualifying GPA to qualify for some alternative pathway certifications.

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