South Carolina
Teacher Certification

Embarking on your teaching career in South Carolina? Moreland University is here to help. South Carolina opens doors to a rewarding career for aspiring educators. The state highly values its teachers and provides a fulfilling career path that makes a positive difference in students’ lives.

Begin your teaching career in South Carolina with Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW Online Teacher Certification Program. The TEACH-NOW program is designed to simplify the process of becoming a certified teacher and provides a convenient pathway to achieving your teaching goals. By joining TEACH-NOW, you’ll embark on a fulfilling journey that not only equips you with the necessary skills to be impactful in the classroom but also empowers you to make a lasting impact on students and the community.

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Moreland University offers both a 9-month teacher preparation program and 12-month master’s programs in education.
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South Carolina Department of Education

If you’re aspiring to become a certified teacher in South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) holds authority in the state’s education sector, being responsible for issuing teacher certifications to eligible candidates. The SCDE offers comprehensive support on the necessary steps to obtain your teaching

certificate, including examination requirements and more. With their commitment to your success, you can confidently navigate the certification process and embark on a fulfilling teaching career in South Carolina.

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Steps to Getting Your South Carolina Teacher Certification

Earning your South Carolina teacher certification opens a world of benefits and opportunities for your teaching career. While the initial process may appear intimidating, Moreland University is here to simplify it for you.

Steps to getting your teacher certification in South Carolina:

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree: Obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Complete a teacher preparation program, like Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW online teacher preparation program. Note: this is a requirement if your bachelor’s degree is in a field other than education.
  3. Pass the Praxis exams: South Carolina requires candidates to pass specific Praxis exams. The exams may vary based on the subject area or grade level you plan to teach. Note: check with the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) for the specific exams you need to take.
  4. Submit an application: Submit your application for teacher certification to the SCDE. Provide all the required documents, including official transcripts, Praxis exam scores, and any other supporting materials.
  5. Pass a background check: Complete the required background checks as part of the certification process. This may involve fingerprinting and a criminal history record check
  6. Pay required fees and earn your teacher certification.

Note: State regulations for licensure change frequently. Check with the South Carolina Department of Education website for the most up to date information about licensure requirements, pricing, and information.

Benefits of earning your teacher certification in South Carolina

South Carolina highly values the role of certified educators and offers a range of advantages that make pursuing your teaching certification a fulfilling choice.

Benefits of becoming a certified teacher in South Carolina:

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Career Opportunities
Teaching in South Carolina offers abundant career opportunities, with the state experiencing approximately 1,500 teaching vacancies in 2022. Among the in-demand positions, special education teachers were particularly sought-after, highlighting a promising pathway for educators specializing in this field.

Generous Pay
One of the notable benefits of teaching in South Carolina is the attractive salary package it offers. With the average annual salary for teachers in the state reaching $53,610 as of June 2023, it surpasses the average salary of the general workforce in South Carolina by approximately $5,000.

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Strong Education System
South Carolina has made significant strides in strengthening its education system, emphasizing the importance of quality teaching and student success. As a teacher in this state, you can be part of this ongoing progress, making a meaningful difference in the lives of students and contributing to the advancement of education in South Carolina.

Outdoor Recreation
South Carolina’s landscapes, including its breathtaking coastline, mountains, and lush forests, offer a unique backdrop for outdoor activities. As a teacher in South Carolina, you can explore and incorporate the state’s natural beauty into your curriculum, fostering a love for the environment among your students.

Requirements for Teacher Certification in South Carolina

To obtain teacher certification in South Carolina, it is essential to meet specific requirements outlined by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE).

Requirements for earning your teacher certification in South Carolina include:

Exams and requirements differ depending on grade level and desired subject area. To find out which exams and requirements are unique to your career path, contact a Moreland admissions representative: Call us at 1 (844) 283-2246 or email us at

With the help of Moreland University, you can earn your teaching certification quickly and start making a positive difference in the lives of students across the state of South Carolina.

If you want to become a certified teacher in South Carolina, look no further than Moreland University. Our
online teacher preparation program and master’s in education programs provide candidates with the skills
and knowledge needed to succeed in the classroom.

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Why Choose Moreland University

Recognizing the busy lives of our students, our TEACH-NOW teacher certification program is dedicated to fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment for aspiring educators pursuing teacher certification in South Carolina. With experienced faculty members guiding and mentoring students throughout their certification journey, we prioritize equipping you with the necessary tools and resources for success, both inside and outside the classroom.

We understand the demands of busy lives, which is why our program offers a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

Our activity-based and collaborative cohort model accommodates the schedules of working professionals and career changers, allowing you to pursue your educational goals while balancing other commitments.

In addition to our teacher preparation program, we also offer 12-month master’s in education degree programs. These comprehensive programs provide a deep understanding of educational theory, research, and practical skills in curriculum development and assessment.

Teaching in South Carolina offers a rewarding and fulfilling experience, making a profound impact on the lives of students, families, and communities throughout the state. Take the first step in your certification process today and join Moreland University on this transformative journey.

Our Accreditations & Partnerships

Moreland University partners with these key organizations to support educators in South Carolina.

Learn more about accreditations and partners!

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

CAEP is the principal accrediting body for schools of education in the United States. We were the first online program to be accredited by CAEP.

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