Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - South Carolina


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website http://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/
State information on reciprocity http://ed.sc.gov/educators/teaching-in-south-carolina/out-of-state-teachers/
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. South Carolina is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? N/A. The state does not have additional coursework requirements in place.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates and not always immediately. All out-of-state candidates, regardless of experience, must submit evidence of passing the content and pedagogy assessments in their state. If no tests were required for certification in their issuing state, applicants must submit evidence of passing the approved South Carolina content assessment. Applicants with less than three years of successful teaching experience within the past seven years are eligible to receive an Initial Certificate, but must also submit evidence of passing the state’s pedagogy assessment prior to receiving a Professional Certificate. Candidates meeting experience requirements are not required to take the pedagogy assessment in order to obtain a Professional Certificate. S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-51
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Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. All out-of-state candidates, regardless of experience, must submit evidence of passing the content and pedagogy assessments in their state. If no tests were required for certification in their issuing state, applicants must submit evidence of passing the approved South Carolina content assessment. Applicants with less than three years of successful teaching experience within the past seven years are eligible to receive an Initial Certificate, but must also submit evidence of passing the state’s pedagogy assessment prior to receiving a Professional Certificate. Candidates meeting experience requirements are not required to take the pedagogy assessment in order to obtain a Professional Certificate. S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-51
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Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No. Although regulations require out-of-state candidates to demonstrate three school years of “successful” teaching experience in order to be eligible for a Professional Certificate, the experience verification form does not ask for past performance or evidence of effectiveness. S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-51
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Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? Yes. South Carolina has two main licensure levels: Initial and Professional. Candidates meeting experience requirements may be exempt from the pedagogy assessment, and upon meeting other requirements, eligible for a Professional License. S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-51
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Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. Applicants are eligible for expedited processing of their application if their spouse is an active military service member being assigned to South Carolina. Source

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