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South Carolina Teacher Certification

American Board, also known as The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), offers a flexible, affordable path to earn your teaching certificate in South Carolina . You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.

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Teacher Certifications Offered in South Carolina

Choose a subject below to learn more about the requirements to teach that subject:

How to Become a Teacher in South Carolina

To become a teacher in South Carolina with American Board’s teacher certification program, candidates will need to complete the following steps:

1. Complete American Board’s required exams.

2. Apply for a Statement of Eligibility from South Carolina Department of Education (Office of Educator Certification).

3. Obtain an offer of employment from a South Carolina public school, and provide verification of the offer to the Office of Educator Certification.

4. Complete American Board’s year-long clinical experience with a coach assigned by the school district that employs you.

5. Receive an Institutional Recommendation from American Board.

6. Receive an Alternate Route Teaching Certificate. This certificate is temporary and will initially be valid for 1 year. After your first year of teaching, you will then need to renew the Alternate Route Teaching Certificate for two additional years.

7. Teach for 3 years while completing introductory and formal teacher evaluation requirements. These requirements are specific to your school district.

8. Within your first 3 years of teaching, pass the Praxis exam in Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).

9. Apply to upgrade your Alternate Route Teaching Certificate to a Professional Teaching Certificate. This certificate will need to be renewed every 5 years throughout your career.


Contact the South Carolina Department of Education at 803-896-0325 or visit their website to learn more about these requirements.

NEW IN SOUTH CAROLINA: The Clinical Experience

American Board is expanding its program offerings to provide more training and support in South Carolina. This means anyone who enrolls in the program to become a certified teacher on or after September 1, 2017 must complete a clinical experience, once s/he has successfully passed the American Board’s Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) exam and subject area exam.

What is a clinical experience?

A clinical experience is a year-long program where new teachers are monitored and evaluated to provide feedback on their teaching skills and style while helping them adjust to leading the classroom. A clinical experience requires the individual to be the teacher of record. This program is not an unpaid internship, student teaching job, or substitute teaching job.

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