State Alignment

South Carolina

A current, valid Professional certificate is issued for up to five school years and may be renewed based on eligible activities completed during the validity period.

Please review the Expired Professional Certificates and Professional Certificate Extensions webpages for information on renewal eligibility beyond the validity of a Professional certificate.

Educators must earn a minimum of 120 renewal credits during the renewal period of their certificate to meet their renewal requirements.

• Valid (non-expired) certificates must meet requirements within their validity period.
• Non-valid (expired) certificates must meet requirements within the five (5) year period prior to their request for renewal.

Graduate Course Requirement

In addition, any educator who has not earned a master’s degree must earn at least 60 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 Certificates exclusively are not required to fulfill the graduate-level coursework requirement.

Each (1) graduate credit = 20 renewal credits.

For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Education website.