(American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence)
In June 2007 the South Carolina General Assembly passed H.3476, cited as the "American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence Act." The Act provides that a SC public school district may hire individuals who use the ABCTE process to obtain a South Carolina teaching certificate.
Applicants for teacher certification in SC who qualify for the Passport to Teaching certificate issued by ABCTE in the fields of biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, or science may apply for a one-year alternate route certificate in SC, upon verification of an employment offer as a teacher in a SC public school. The alternate route certificate may be renewed annually for two additional years upon verification of successful teaching. To advance to the professional certificate (five-year certificate), the applicant must complete induction and ADEPT (teacher evaluation) requirements, and pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis exam. College degrees earned by individuals who hold the Passport to Teaching certificate must have been from regionally accredited colleges.
To obtain more information about ABCTE and the Passport to Teaching certificate, please go to their website: www.abcte.org
The PACE program is an alternative route to certification in South Carolina. To pre-qualify, persons must hold a bachelor's degree in a concentration that has been classified as a critical needs area. This degree must have been received from an accredited college or university. Learn more about the PACE program at: www.scteachers.org/cert/pace/overview.cfm