International Visiting Teachers Program (SC)

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International Visiting Teachers Program (SC)

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is designated as a sponsor of an Exchange Visitor Program by the United States Department of State. Through this designation, the SCDE is able to sponsor teachers from other countries to teach in South Carolina in the International Visiting Teachers Program.

There are currently Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreements with China and India.

Teachers are certified under the International certificate, a short term certificate for teachers participating in J-1 programs.
Certificate Valid for 1 year
J-1 visa
Employment: Required

State Information
State: South Carolina
Contact Name: Sherry Schneider
Contact Phone: 803-896-0384
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 + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must Hold Current (STATE) Certification

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
3 years 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:
English Language Proficiency: Oral, Written, Program sponsors are required to evaluate the qualifications of their teacher applicants to ensure that their country’s certification criteria are met and that they are proficient in the English language.


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: School District

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment
Confirmation of Mentor

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required
Not Accepted

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Varies by District

Renewal: Renewable


The International Certificate is renewable on a year to year basis for a maximum of three years.

Educators who choose to stay in the United States after 3 years who attain H1-B visa status and seek employment in the South Carolina public schools must meet all requirements as specified by the Office of Educator Licensure for the Professional Certificate.

International Teacher Recruitment Timelines and Country Guidelines:

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

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