All candidates seeking initial or advanced certification should note that satisfactory completion of the appropriate Specialty Area test of PRAXIS examination must be completed prior to being certified by the South Carolina Department of Education. Candidates should check for specific PRAXIS requirements related to their respective degrees with the Chair of the Department. At least half of the total semester hours submitted for the advanced degree must be 600-level courses. Note: Completion of a degree also does not guarantee advanced teacher licensure in North Carolina public schools. Candidates should contact their local school administrative offices and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction regarding specific advanced licensure requirements in their program area. Similarly, completion of the M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership does not guarantee school administrator licensure in North Carolina. Students should check with local school administrative offices and the NC Department of Public Instruction regarding specific NC school administrative licensure requirements.