Teacher Professional Development in South Carolina


South Carolina Department of Education website on professional development and website on Standards for Assisting, Developing and Evaluating Professional Teaching
(The following information is quoted from the SCDOE website on certification.)

Renewing Certification

An individual who is employed in a position that requires South Carolina educator certification and is employed in a South Carolina public school district must earn renewal credits through professional development activities that:
  • directly relate to the educator's professional growth and development plan;
  • support the goals of the employing public school district; and
  • promote student achievement, as required by State Board of Education Regulation 43-205.1, Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT), and Regulation 43-165.1, Program for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Principal Performance (ADEPP).

Submitting Renewal Credits

An educator who is employed in a South Carolina public school district or State Department of Education-approved Renewal Credit Plan agency and holds a position that requires South Carolina educator certification must:
  • earn a minimum of 120 renewal credits that meet the appropriate eligibility criteria for each certificate renewal option/activity, as specified in the renewal credit matrix;
  • maintain all required verification, as described in the renewal credit matrix;
  • adhere to all district/educational agency policies related to pre-approval and processing of renewal credit; and
  • submit necessary verification to the designated district/agency administrator for review, approval, and signature.

Note: Any educator who has not earned a master’s degree must earn at least sixty renewal credits (three semester hours) in graduate-level coursework to renew his or her current certificate.

South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retainment and Advancement

(The following information is quoted from the CERRA website.)

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA) is to provide leadership in identifying, attracting, placing and retaining well-qualified individuals for the teaching profession in our state. In doing so, CERRA will respond to changing needs for teachers from underrepresented populations, in critical subject fields and in under-served geographical areas in South Carolina. The Center will work cooperatively with other organizations to promote the teaching profession.

Overview

The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA) is the oldest and most established teacher recruitment program in the country. The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement, established by the Commission on Higher Education in December 1985 and funded by the South Carolina General Assembly, has completed its 15th year of operation. Following the passage of the state's landmark Education Improvement Act, CERRA was created out of a concern for the condition of South Carolina's teacher supply pool and a need for a centralized teacher recruitment effort.

This is the clearing house for undergoing National Board Certification, e.g. administers the loans for the process. CERRA-South Carolina administers the SC NBC Loan Program which provides up to $2,500 (the assessment fee cost) to qualifying classroom teachers and provides a salary supplement for those who achieve National Board Certification and meet the specific guidelines established by the State Board of Education.
CERRA also administers a teacher mentor program and offers Cognitive Coaching™.

For additional details about South Carolina recertification, see the South Carolina Department of Education website.

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