ABCTE. PACE. On-Line Degree. SC Alternative Certification. (American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence)
(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 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.
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://www.scteachers.org/cert/pace/overview.cfm
SDE recognizes on-line accredited education programs. Two programs are University of Phoenix and Grand Canyon university. Check with SDE before committing to program.
The following criteria must be met:
With ABCTE, you can earn your South Carolina teaching certification in a manner that is both cost-effective and efficient. On average, candidates take 8-10 months to complete the program. ABCTE provides a variety of resources to help prepare you for exams including online workshops, practice tests, and support from our advising team. ABCTE costs $975 for initial preparation and testing.
Choose your certification area:
For education degree on-line programs, check with SC Department of Education, Office of Educator Certification for more information.
Below are two approved programs: