Frequently Asked Questions
Certification Grade Levels for South Carolina
EARLY CHILDHOOD PK-3
What is an Initial License?
All undergraduate teacher education majors/minors and MAT students will receive Initial Licensure in the area of their major/minor (e.g., Elementary Education, Social Studies) at the time of program completion. Student Academic Services will facilitate that process at the time of graduation.
What is an Add-on License?
In South Carolina, it is possible to add an additional licensure area by taking specific courses and passing the Praxis II examination for that area. In some cases, your program has already integrated the courses that you need for an additional license. The South Carolina requirements for add-on licensure can be found here.
What is the process for adding a licensure area?
You will work with the South Carolina Department of Education in this process, not Student Academic Services, as we are only involved in your Initial license. Once you have been issued your South Carolina Initial Educator License (in your major) and you have completed the specific courses and tests required for the add-on licensure, you will be able to add areas to your South Carolina license by submitting the following to the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Educator Services:
- Request for Change/Action Form (pdf - 166 KB). Check box #2 and write in the licensure area you wish to add.
- Minimum qualifying score(s) on the content-area examination(s) (Praxis II) required by the South Carolina State Board of Education (See Required Licensure Examinations).
For additional information, please refer to the South Carolina State Department of Education website for their requirements for add-on licensure.
Processing of Certification Forms
Please allow 3 to 5 business days for the processing of all certification forms.
South Carolina law requires that all individuals enrolled in a teacher education program in South Carolina must undergo a fingerprint check prior to student teaching.
Should you have questions about the fingerprinting process, please contact Suzy Baldwin at 323-4738 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Principles of Learning and Teaching exam (PLT) is a requirement for South Carolina initial certification (as of July 1, 2006). All students who complete a teacher education program must pass the PLT before the initial certificate can be issued.
Currently required PRAXIS II exams are listed on the South Carolina Department of Education’s website: ed.sc.gov