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Certification Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Certification Grade Levels for South Carolina:

EARLY CHILDHOOD PK-3

ELEMENTARY 2-6

MIDDLE 5-8

SECONDARY 9-12

Processing of Certification Forms

Please allow 3 to 5 business days for the processing of all certification forms.

Background Clearance

South Carolina law requires that all individuals enrolled in a teacher education program in South Carolina must undergo a fingerprint check prior to student teaching. 

Should you have questions about the fingerprinting process, please contact Suzy Baldwin at 323-4738 or baldwins@winthrop.edu 

PLT Requirement

The Principles of Learning and Teaching exam (PLT) is a requirement for South Carolina initial certification (as of July 1, 2006).  All students who complete a teacher education program must pass the PLT before the initial certificate can be issued.

Currently required PRAXIS II exams are listed on the South Carolina Department of Education’s website:  www.scteachers.org/cert/exam.cfm 

Note:  PRAXIS II scores, including PLT scores, are reported approximately six weeks after the tests are taken.