Pathways to Becoming a Teacher:

1.  SC Department of Education
: (Traditional)  http://ed.sc.gov/

South Carolina Teaching Certification

Click on the link below to get more information regarding teacher certification in the state of South Carolina.


Certification for Out-of-State Teachers
The issuance of a South Carolina educator certification based on a comparable certificate issued by another entity's Department of Education is referred to as reciprocity.  Prior to beginning the application process, please review the Reciprocity Eligibility webpage for information on acceptable out-of-state certificates for reciprocity..

Click on the link below to get more information regarding certification for out-of-state educators.


2.  College and University 
Traditional and Alternative Certification Programs/Partnerships

Horry Georgetown Technical College/Coastal Carolina University
Online Bachelor’s Degree in Multi-Categorical Special Education  Degree Program Partnership Starting in Fall 2022 -
Starting in Fall 2022, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University will partner together to offer a new fully online bachelor’s degree program in Multi-Categorical Special Education that provides initial South Carolina Department of Education licensure to teach. Through this partnership, full time employees (instructional and non-instructional staff, in and out of the classroom) from all school districts across the state are eligible.

Columbia College

Through the South Carolina Department of Education Office of Special Education Services, the CREATE partnership exists to prepare highly qualified professionals who will serve the needs of students with disabilities in the public schools of South Carolina. 

In collaboration with Columbia College, the CREATE program fully pays full tuition and textbook costs up to 11sh each semester for participants that are full-time employees in the public schools of SC. 

To be eligible, individuals must:

  • be employed full-time in SC public/charter schools and SCDE-operated programs including Teacher Assistants, non-instructional staff, and central office Staff in non-leadership positions.
  • be WITHOUT a Bachelor’s degree. 

All coursework is available online with synchronous meeting times and required field experiences are coordinated through the school district in which the participant is employed. 

Voorhees College - coming soon

Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Clemson MAT

3.  Alternative Certification Programs:

Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE)

PACE offers qualified participants an opportunity to teach in a South Carolina public school while completing the requirements for professional licensure. Participants receive hands-on experience in the classroom and the support of experienced educators as they complete a series training seminars and courses.  Please click on the link below for more information regarding PACE.


Teachers of Tomorrow (ToT)

In 1984, to address critical teaching shortages in South Carolina, the South Carolina General Assembly provided for the establishment of alternative routes to certification in S.C. Code Ann. § 59-26-30(A)(8). During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly authorized Teachers of Tomorrow as a non-traditional or alternative route to certification for individuals with a least a bachelor’s degree but who have not completed a teacher preparation program.


American Board for Certification of Teaching Excellence (ABCTE)

ABCTE offers a series of examinations that lead to a license in secondary English, mathematics, or science areas. Individuals who pass these examination(s) can seek employment and work toward professional licensure. Please click on the link below regarding ABCTE:


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