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.
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.