Renew a Teaching Certificate in SC
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How do I keep and renew a teaching certificate in South Carolina?
Educators may complete academic credit-bearing coursework through a Regionally Accredited Institute of Higher Education for renewal credit. All university CEUs and semester graduate credit courses on RenewaTeachingLicense.com are regionally accredited.
In order to meet renewal requirements, teachers in SC must earn a minimum of 120 renewal credits.
- 1 semester hour = 20 renewal credits
- 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 hours = 10 renewal credits
Here is the South Carolina Department of Education Renewal Matrix. CEUs through a regionally accredited university may be entered under options 6 and 10. Courses must support the educator’s professional growth and development plan.
What state requirements does a teacher in SC need to meet for renewal?
According to the SC Department of Education, eligible coursework must:
- Relate to the educator’s current field(s) of certification;
- Meet requirements for adding another field to the educator’s certificate; or
- Relate to the topics of technology, curriculum design, or instructional practices.
Educators are encouraged to seek pre-approval for any coursework or programs they seek to complete for renewal purposes. For formal course approval, please submit a detailed course description along with a Request for Change/Action Form.
As of June 26, 2020, Regulation 43-55 will be amended to remove the requirement of a graduate course for certificate renewal for educators who do not hold a master’s degree.
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How do I contact the SC Department of Education?
Contact the South Carolina Department of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of February 16th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.