alternative certification

South Carolina offers multiple alternative pathways to certification. Some paths lead to full, professional certification while others offer a temporary opportunity to teach in South Carolina public schools.
Program for alternative certification for educators (PACE)

PACE offers qualified participants an opportunity to teach in a South Carolina public school while completing the requirements for professional certification. Participants receive hands-on experience in the classroom and the support of experienced educators as they complete a series training seminars and courses. To learn more about PACE, go to

american board for certification of teaching excellence (abcte)

ABCTE offers a series of examinations that lead to a certification in secondary English, mathematics, or science areas. Individuals who pass these examination(s) can seek employment and work toward professional certification. Information about ABCTE can be found at or specifically related to South Carolina at here.

adjunct teacher certification

The Adjunct Teaching Certificate was recently approved by the State Board of Education and State Legislature as a means for giving content experts the opportunity to share their expertise in the classroom. Individuals who qualify for this certificate can teach up to two credit-bearing courses in their Adjunct content area over an academic year. However, this certificate cannot be converted to a professional certificate. An application for this certificate must be initiated by the potentially employing district. Also, employment in a South Carolina public school is a prerequisite for the Adjunct certificate. Complete details about this program can be found on the Adjunct Teaching Certificate page.


source: South Carolina Department of Education

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