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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deadlines to apply for initial certification?

If you plan to complete student teaching/Internship II/Internship B in the spring semester, you must submit your application by April 15 of the year before you complete it.

If you are going to complete student teaching/Internship II/Internship B in the fall semester, you must apply by December 1 of the year before you complete it.

What are the certification fees ?

Fee Amount and Type Payable To
$105 Application Fee SC Department of Education
$53.25 Fingerprint Fee IdentoGo
$75 Certification Fee University of South Carolina (billed during final internship term)
Various Praxis exam registration fees Educational Testing Service

What exams do I have to pass to receive certification?

You must pass the Praxis II content area exams and the Principles of Learning & Teaching exams  before you can receive your certificate. Scores must be on file with both the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Education.

Visit the Educational Testing Service for information about specific tests and registration.

Where do I go to complete my fingerprinting?

The South Carolina Department of Education contracts with IdentoGo. Make an appointment online. Fingerprints are good for 18 months.

How do I obtain my certificate once I graduate?

Once your degree posts to your academic record (which can take up to four weeks from the date of graduation), your passing Praxis II and PLT scores are on file at USC, and your ADEPT recommendation has been received, the University of South Carolina will send your recommendation for certification to the South Carolina Department of Education. Once the Department of Education has your recommendation and transcript, it will take 6‐8 weeks for your paperwork to be processed and your certificate issued.

Does the College of Education send my transcript to the South Carolina Department of Education?

No. You must order your transcript to be sent after your degree posts through Self-Service Carolina or the Registrar’s Office. If you have taken courses at any institution outside the USC system, you will need to contact that institution and have your transcripts sent directly to the South Carolina Department of Education.

Will anyone contact me if there is something wrong with my application or if there is a problem with my background check?

Yes. If you are missing anything from your certification application and/or background check, USC will contact you via your USC email.

 

Can I be recommended for certification before my degree posts or without my test scores?  

No. Degrees post three times per year in conjunction with the graduating terms (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Your degree being posted to your record is what indicates program completion, and your recommendation that verifies program completion cannot be sent until your degree posts. Likewise, USC must have official copies of passing test scores on ALL required exams before sending your recommendation to the South Carolina Department of Education. 

What do I do if I want to teach out-of-state?

You will need to contact that particular state’s Department of Education for instructions. If there are forms that need to be completed by the College of Education, please direct them to the College of Education’s Certification Officer.

Where is the South Carolina Department of Education located?

The South Carolina Department of Education is located at 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223.

 

How can I check the status of my certification?  

Visit the South Carolina Department of Education’s website to view your certification status and print an unofficial copy of your certificate once issued.

Who do I contact for additional information? 

Questions about the electronic certification application, status of your certification, and/or additional areas of certification should be directed to the South Carolina Department of Education at 803-896-0325.

Questions about transcripts should be directed to the USC Registrar’s Office at 803-777-5555.

Other questions should be directed to the College of Education’s Certification Officer at 803-777-5531.