Alternative Teaching Certification in South Carolina

Not every path toward becoming a teacher in South Carolina is the same. Discover some of the alternative teaching certification options available in South Carolina, and how you can become an educator without majoring in teaching. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Alternative Career Information for Teachers in South Carolina

If you have not gone through a traditional teacher education program while earning your degree, there are still several options to become an educator in South Carolina. State legislature provides options that allow you to enroll in other programs to help you get your credentials and start a new career.

Education/Experience RequiredBachelor's degree
Exams Required Praxis exams in content area and grade level may still be required
Average South Carolina Salary (2018)$51,240 for elementary school teachers
$52,520 for middle school teachers
$54,400 for high school teachers*
National Job Growth (2016-2026)7% for elementary school teachers
8% for middle school and high school teachers*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

American Board

Established in 2007, the American Board is a national non-profit used by South Carolina to find middle grade and high school teachers in specific subject areas. If the board determines you are qualified, South Carolina offers you a one-year license that can be renewed for up to two years before you obtain a formal professional certificate. American Board has their own exams you will need to pass, and you'll submit a fee of $105 with your application, which includes a full background check. Earning a professional certificate requires you to teach for three years in a public or charter school, pass the ADEPT evaluation, and earn passing scores on the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam.

Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE)

This method is a good choice if you have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education. You will need to dedicate three years to your specified subject and grade level, and you need to be sure that PACE is the first alternative certification method you have started in South Carolina. You can expect to spend $500 on materials fees for the training process over three years. Specific courses at local colleges and universities are required, and once you have finished, your completed transcripts can be submitted to begin the ADEPT evaluation. At this point, you can apply for professional certification in South Carolina.

Greenville Alternative Teacher Education Program (GATE)

If you're a potential teacher and resident of Greenville County, this option is available to you. Similar to other alternative paths, GATE requires you to have a bachelor's degree in the field you plan to teach. Your undergraduate GPA should equal at least 2.75, and you will need passing scores on the Praxis subject exams for your field of content. You will receive a full salary and benefits during the three years it takes to complete the GATE program, which runs throughout the summer and school year. Upon finishing GATE, you will receive your South Carolina Professional Certificate.

Degree Requirements

Each of the alternative certification options requires you to earn a bachelor's degree in the field you expect to teach. You can begin this at any regionally accredited college or university while searching for the subject you feel is the best match for you. For example, you could pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English if you expect to teach literature or writing to high school students, focusing on an English degree track that best suits your future career goals. You could also choose a Bachelor of Arts in History, which might have some concentration options that cater to your interests.

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