Obtaining Renewal Credits
Employed in Districts
Educators are responsible for ensuring that all renewal options and activities meet the following guidelines.
An individual who is employed in a position that requires South Carolina educator certificate and is employed in a South Carolina public school district must earn renewal credits through professional development activities that:
- Directly relate to the educator’s professional growth and development plan.
- Support the goals of the employing public school district.
- Promote student achievement, as required by State Board of Education Regulation 43-205.1, Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT), and Regulation 43-165.1, Program for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Principal Performance (ADEPP).
An educator who is employed in a South Carolina public school district or State Department of Education-approved Renewal Credit Plan agency and holds a position that requires South Carolina educator certification must:
- Earn a minimum of 120 renewal credits that meet the appropriate eligibility criteria for each certificate renewal option/activity, as specified in the renewal credit matrix.
- Maintain all required verification, as described in the renewal credit matrix.
- Adhere to all district/educational agency policies related to pre-approval and processing of renewal credit.
- Submit necessary verification to the designated district/agency administrator for review, approval, and signature.
Not Employed in District or Entity
- The educator’s current area(s) of certification.
- Coursework leading to another area of certification.
- Coursework in special education and or technology.