Alternative Route Certificate (Pace) (SC)

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Alternative Route Certificate (Pace) (SC)

Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) offers qualified participants an opportunity to teach in a South Carolina public school while completing the requirements for professional certification.
Certificate Valid for 3 years
Employment: Required

State Information
State: South Carolina
Contact Name: Educator Licensure
Contact Phone: 803-896-0325
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Enrolled in State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
two years prior full-time work experience or an earned master’s degree years.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:


Accept Scores from Out of State

Latin – No exam available. Must demonstrate 18 hours of coursework above the 6-hour introductory course.

Passing Score: Advanced Low

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at:

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Online at:

Renewal: Nonrenewable
In order to be issued a professional certificate:
1) continuous employment as a teacher for three years;
2) successful completion of all required institutes;
3) recommendation for certification by the on-site instructors for the State Department of Education alternative certification training program;
4) successful ADEPT formal evaluation and a successful formal or informal evaluation during the final year of program participation;
5) successful completion of the three designated courses;
6) passing score on the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching.

Fingerprinting & Background Check Fee = $51.50

See attached SC PACE Content Areas and SC PACE Participant Handbook.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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