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South Carolina Teacher Certification

Certification in South Carolina is now faster, cheaper, and easier than ever. Read this complete page to see how we’ve streamlined the process and made it even easier for you to complete the program and earn your South Carolina teaching certificate.

You can become a teacher in South Carolina on your own schedule, without quitting your current job or going into debt. Our state-approved program is simplestudy for and take two certification exams to earn your teaching certificate!

American Board, a national nonprofit that offers online teacher certification, has helped hundreds of South Carolina teachers start their careers. Try our online teacher certification program free for seven days and see if you are ready to start earning your South Carolina teaching certificate.

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. Prepare for and pass American Board’s required pedagogy and subject area exams.
  2. Receive your American Board Certificate and apply for a Statement of Eligibility from South Carolina Department of Education (Office of Educator Services).*
  1. Obtain an offer of employment from a South Carolina public school, and apply for your South Carolina Alternative Route License with the Office of Educator Services.
  2. Teach for 3 years in a public or charter school while completing your district’s inductive and sumzmative evaluation requirements.
  3. Pass the state-required Praxis exam, the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).
  4. Advance to your South Carolina Professional License and enjoy your career in teaching.


* Once an American Board Statement of Eligibility has been obtained from the South Carolina Department of Education, a candidate may seek employment as a classroom teacher only in the certification content areaAmerican Board candidates in SC may certify in only one content area. After a professional certificate has been obtained, additional subject areas may be added per South Carolina’s Guidelines and Requirements for Adding Certification Fields and Endorsements.


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

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