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Have questions about becoming a certified teacher in South Carolina?
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For a limited time, you pay only to pay $295 to get started! The enrollment fee gives you immediate access to your online training and all the resources you need to become a teacher. The remaining balance of $4,100 is due once you start your teaching position, and is completely contingent upon you getting hired!

You can get started now! We have rolling admissions throughout the year, all you need is your official transcript with a major in the certification area you’re interested in pursuing.

If you complete your training, or get to any point in the process before you are hired and decide teaching is not for you, the remaining balance of the program fee is not due. It is completely contingent upon getting hired.

There are limited options for admission into the program if your GPA is below a 2.5. Please apply to the program to learn more about these options.

You are eligible to begin looking for a teaching position as soon as you have passed your Praxis II Subject Assessment and completed your Classroom Readiness training. Once completed, apply through the South Carolina Department of Education for a Statement of Eligibility.

Once you have been hired, you will submit I Got a Job form to South Carolina Teachers to verify your employment. Once verified, you will receive your Alternative Route Certificate through the South Carolina Department of Education.

You can send your official transcripts multiple ways. The quickest method to get started is for your university to send electronic officials to transcripts@southcarolinateachers.org. If your university does not have this as an option, you can mail them to our national headquarters at 5599 San Felipe Street, Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77056.

The length of the program is up to you! Our online training is self-paced and made for you to do on your own time, so if you are currently working it’s not a problem at all! You do have to teach 3 full years, so once you have completed your online training and passed your subject assessment you can then start looking for your new career.

Certification varies state to state, so it would be necessary to contact the department of education of the state that you are looking to move to, to verify their reciprocation process.

An Alternative Route Certificate is valid for 1 year and can be renewed 3 times with verification of employment. A Professional Teaching License is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

No, you do not need classroom experience. Our program is designed for all types of candidates, including those who have never stepped foot inside a classroom. The comprehensive training we provide will give you all of the skills and pedagogy needed to get started in the classroom, and you have a dedicated Field Supervisor and on-campus mentor to support you during your first year teaching.

Yes, you will be required to complete a fingerprinting background check through the South Carolina Department of Education to receive an Alternative Route Certificate.

All you pay to get started is $395, the remaining balance of $4000 is due once you are hired. It is then paid back throughout your first year of teaching over a ten-month period.

  • Praxis II Subject Assessment: $120-160
  • Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: $146
  • Fingerprinting: $53.25
  • lternative Route Certificate application – $105

View our Pricing page for detailed pricing information.

Yes! During your internship year, you receive full pay and benefits as the teacher of record.

We have plenty of resources to help guide you through the interview process, including resume review specialists, practice interview questions, and much more.

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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust