South Carolina State Requirements

South Carolina Professional Certification Renewal


Below is a summary of how Learners Edge may help your continuing education and South Carolina professional certification renewal needs. This summary should in no way release individuals from their responsibility of ensuring that the course they take meets their professional needs. We hope it provides assistance in understanding how Learners Edge might help you in the accumulation of clock hours or graduate credit for salary advancement and the South Carolina teaching relicensure process.

CE vs PD -comparison

See the South Carolina Department of Education website for complete SC teacher relicensure information. 

Professional Certificate Renewal:

Initial Certificate: An initial educator certificate is issued for three years and is non-renewable.
The process for maintaining or advancing an initial certificate depends upon an educator's current employment status. After earning three full time years of experience credit within the past seven years in their certification area, South Carolina certified educators employed in eligible, non-regulated educational entities may qualify for a limited professional certificate.

Professional Certificate: valid for 5 years
- A minimum of 120 renewal credits during the five-year validity period
- Any educator who has not earned a Master's Degree must earn at least sixty of the required renewal credits (three semester hours) in graduate-level coursework to renew his or her current certificate. Educators who hold Career and Technology Education Work-Based Certificate exclusively are not required to fulfill the graduate-level coursework requirement. (see our Masters Program) (see our courses)

Jason Flatt Act

Educators working in a public middle or high school setting must satisfy the Jason Flatt Act requirements before their professional certificate can be renewed. Please review the Jason Flatt Act and contact your District Renewal Coordinator for more information.

Read to Succeed (R2S) Endorsements

Educators holding professional certification expiring in 2020 and beyond are currently required to earn the appropriate R2S endorsement to be eligible for further certification renewals.  All coursework that are accepted for meeting R2S endorsement requirements are also pre-approved for meeting renewal requirements.

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Coursework Pre-Approval: For formal course approval, please submit a detailed course description, including the name of the college or university, along with the Request for Change/Action Form to the DOE. Upon receipt, the course(s) will be evaluated by a certification analyst and correspondence will be mailed to you regarding the results.

Message from Learners Edge:

Please note, Learners Edge courses are approved and offered for graduate credit by our regionally accredited and state approved college/university partners. Continuing education graduate credit is intended to fulfill requirements for license renewal/lane change when the student has obtained proper prior approval.