Teacher Certification

Valid Teaching Certificates

All certified employees must maintain valid teaching certificates from the State Department of Education.  Certificates must be on file in the Personnel Office prior to the first day of the contract period.  

Professional certificates are valid for five years and expire on June 30th of the expiration year.


Changes in Certification

It is the responsibility of each certified employee to update professional development and courses completed in MyLearningPlan.com.  It is also his/her responsibility to keep Human Resources and the state department updated with changes in name, address or any certification changes.

Please email Carolyn Jenkins, with questions or call 843-322-5403.

The requirements are as follows:

  • one 3 hour graduate level course = 60 credits

  • If a teacher doesn’t have a master’s degree, there must be at least three hours of graduate credit.

  • 120 in-service points earned through an approved district certificate renewal plan.

  • Six semester hours of State Department of Education in-service points, or State Department of Education approved in-service credit.

  • Any combination of college transcript credit, in-service points, or State Department of Education approved in-service credit.

  • Courses taken for renewal credit must be directly related to particular educator's area(s) of certification, or to the goals of the educator and/or the educator's employing educational entity.