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South Carolina State Department of Education 
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone Number: (803) 896-0325
Fax Number: (803) 896-0368

Status of requests must be confirmed from the Educator Licensure Web site. An official educator license will be provided only when an educator qualifies for their very first South Carolina license. All subsequent changes, additions or modifications to a license must be confirmed by the educator and a license printed from the Licensure Status page on their secure Web site at https://ed.sc.gov/

Please print your license and send a copy to Lisa Bruce, Personnel Specialist.  Payroll changes will not be made unless you provide us with a copy of your updated license. The copy of the updated license should be received within a timely manner.

Expiring 2015 Professional Certificates/Licenses  

Renewal Packets for 2015 expiring licenses can be forwarded to Human Resources beginning in September.  Below you will find the appropriate forms to renew.  Once you have completed your forms, review with your Credit Advisors, and then send your packet to Lisa Bruce. This allows us time to review your renewal packet and renew your license before contract recommendation.  Your certificate will be renewed as soon as the SDE opens the files in January, 2015.  Once your license is renewed, you will be notified and you will be able to print your license from South Carolina Department of Education.  You can review the Professional Certification Renewal Program  PGCRP - Renewal Program.pdf.

Click the forms link in the red box on left side of this screen to see all forms for renewal and also instructions and forms for the SDE required training...The Jason Flatt Act - Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training (Mandatory training for middle and high school certified employees).

To access the eLearningSC PD page go to  https://tackk.com/sp15public. Please visit the  website for registration information, course information, and more information about online professional development courses.

Middle Level Certification is required 100% of all 7th & 8th grade teachers teaching content/core subject areas...must have middle level certification.

  • Changes for adding middle level certification have been approved by the State Department of Education and the new requirements are listed in the certification manual. If you would like to receive an evaluation for adding middle level course-by-course, please mail or fax a copy of the Request for Change/Action  form to the South Carolina Department of Education , Division of Educator Quality and Leadership – Office of Educator Licensure, 8301 Parklane Road 29223, fax (803-896-0368).
    The grandfathering process is no longer an option and educators must now use the add-on worksheet course evaluation and content tests for adding ML areas. The PLT is not required for the add on worksheet process.  To request a worksheet, complete the
     Request for Change/Action form and complete #2. Once you receive your worksheet, please send a copy toy Lisa Bruce
    .  For DCSD middle level content teachers who need to a add-on middle level content area, there is one way to add-on free!  See information below:                                                         
    We have Title monies available for reimbursement for teachers needing coursework and Praxis exams to add-on middle level content areas.  We will reimburse middle level content teachers for any needed coursework or Praxis exam indicated on their SDE worksheet. Reimbursement Request form  must be completed to request reimbursement for any coursework or praxis exam taken in order to become highly qualified in content area teaching. Documentation required with completed form: 1) Copy of required passing PRAXIS score(s) and/or Official Transcript for required course 2) Copy of SDE worksheet and 3) Original receipt with zero balance/canceled check.
  • All 7th and 8th grade content teachers must be middle level certified.  Elementary and Secondary certified teachers will need to request a RAC (Restricted Alternative Certificate).  SDE will send a worksheet informing teachers of necessary coursework, etc., to add on middle level areas.  Please email Lisa Bruce for additional information.

SDE Alternative Certification Routes

South Carolina Department of Education has approved alternative programs for obtaining teacher certification.  For more information, please see information below or contact the SDE.

PACE Alternative Certification  

The Program for Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) is South Carolina's alternative route for certification.  As part of the 1984 Education Improvement Act, the South Carolina General Assembly provided for a conditional certification program.  The purpose of the program is to enable degreed individuals, who otherwise do not meet certification requirements, to gain employment in the public schools in a content area included in the alternative certification program.   More information can be found at the following
 link: http://ed.sc.gov/agency/se/Educator-Services/Alt-Licensure/pace/PACEOverview.cfm

PACE Forms for Current Teachers:
PACE Extension Request form
PACE Course Approval  form
PACE Request for Professional License form

(ABCTE) American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

In June 2007, the South Carolina General Assembly passed H. 3476, cited as the "American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence Act." The Act provides that a S.C. public school district may hire individuals who use the ABCTE process to obtain a South Carolina teaching certificate. 

 Applicants for teacher certification/licensure in S.C. who qualify for the Passport to Teaching certificate issued by ABCTE in the fields of biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, or science may apply for a one-year alternate route certificate in S.C., upon verification of an employment offer as a teacher in a S.C. public school. The alternate route certificate may be renewed annually for two additional years upon verification of successful teaching. To advance to the professional certificate (five-year certificate), the applicant must complete induction and ADEPT (teacher evaluation) requirements, and pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) praxis exam. College degrees earned by individuals who hold the Passport to Teaching certificate must have been from regionally accredited colleges.

To obtain more information about ABCTE and the Passport to Teaching certificate, please go to their Web site at www.abcte.org.