Overview of South Carolina Testing Requirements
How to Qualify for Licensure
For initial licensure in South Carolina, all candidates must:
- Meet degree and licensure requirements for their licensure area.
- Pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test, with the exception of alternate route applicants meeting the criteria of their licensure process.
- Pass the appropriate Praxis II® tests required for their licensure area.
- Submit the appropriate licensure form and fees.
For complete information on educator licensure, access the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Educator Services licensure requirements.
- If you test in South Carolina, your score report will be sent automatically to the South Carolina Department of Education. If you test outside of South Carolina, select the South Carolina Department of Education (state code 8108) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
- South Carolina requires a Social Security Number (SSN) in order to process educator licensure paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to South Carolina with your test results. Failure to provide your SSN may delay processing of your licensure application.
- Beginning with the 2013–14 testing year, ETS is administering a new version of the Health Education test. The test will be offered in a computer-delivered format and the new test code will be 5551. The new test covers the same content as the previous test. However, scores are reported on a different scale, so requirements will vary from previous versions. All scores for discontinued tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken. Consult the Test Requirements table for specific score requirements.
- ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you.The computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale. However, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.
- English to Speakers of Other Languages (5361) — February 2014*
- Music: Content and Instruction (5114) — February 2014*
- Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (5691) — July 2014
- Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272) — April 2014
- Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (5383) — April 2014
- Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282) — April 2014
- Technology Education (5051) — July 2014
* Beginning February 2014, this test will not be available in a paper-delivered format except as required for ADA accommodations.
Who Must Take the Tests?
Applicants entering approved teacher preparation programs must take the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) exams. Graduates of approved teacher education programs and certified educators who are adding areas to existing certificates must present the required Praxis II test scores to qualify for licensure.
Applicants with a valid, standard certificate issued by another state, a U.S. territory or the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS), may be eligible for licensure through South Carolina's reciprocity agreement. Interstate reciprocity does not apply to Career and Technology Education Work-based Licensure.
The submission of a completed application packet is required for reciprocity. Applicants should be certain to submit all required documentation to the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Educator Services.
Applicants who are eligible for reciprocity will not be required to take the South Carolina content test(s) for licensure. Content tests may be needed to meet federal No Child Left Behind content competency requirements.
In South Carolina, you must take the appropriate Praxis II tests for each area of licensure you seek.
- About the Praxis™ Tests
- The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs