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Teacher Certification FAQs

Will educators be allowed to choose from any of the options on the Renewal Credit matrix for renewal credit work?
Who is responsible for maintaining an educator’s renewal credit?
Why can’t all educators use all of the options on the Renewal Credit Matrix?
How will an educator receive his or her renewed certificate?
If an educator leaves a district, what happens to his or her renewal credit?
How do you determine if a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is an International Association of Continued Education Training (IACET) CEU for Option 11?
Why would a district refuse renewal credit for an activity an educator completed?

 

Q: Will educators be allowed to choose from any of the options on the Renewal Credit matrix for renewal credit work?
A: All educators employed in a SC public school district can utilize all matrix options provided they correspond with his or her professional growth and development plan, and Richland School District Two’s policy.  All other educators will continue to earn renewal credit in college/university work or SDE recertification courses in that educator’s certification area, technology, Special Education or a new area of certification.

Q: Who is responsible for maintaining an educator’s renewal credit? 

A: The educator must keep verification for all renewal work. Educators employed in Richland Two must follow the district’s process for submitting the renewal credits.

Q: Why can’t all educators use all of the options on the Renewal Credit Matrix? 

A: South Carolina guidelines state all renewal work must be based on the educator’s professional growth and development plan. Full-time educators employed in in the district work with an administrator to coordinate his/her growth plan for renewal work. The district administrator must review, approve, verify and process the credits.

Q: How will an educator receive his or her renewed certificate? 

A: The Office of Educator Certification updates all certificates online. The State Department will no longer mail official copies of certificates to educators, with the exception of an individual's very first certificate (when a certificate number is assigned). Educators may view subsequent certificate updates via the State Department’s website at www.ed.sc.gov.   Also, individuals may print copies of their certificate at any time from the State Department’s website through a secure process.

Q: If an educator leaves a district, what happens to his or her renewal credit? 

A: An educator is responsible for processing all completed renewal work with his or her current district coordinator for approved, completed renewal work to be credited to the educator’s records. That district will post the credit in the SDE Certification Portal System. Credit that is posted on the SDE – CPS automatically is accepted by the district where the educator relocates. Any renewal credit work that has not been completed may be presented for review to the district coordinator or designee of the district where the educator has relocated if in South Carolina.

Q: How do you determine if a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is an International Association of Continued Education Training (IACET) CEU for Option 11? 

A: The IACET website has a complete list of authorized providers and the standards used for CEU credit.

Q: Why would a district refuse renewal credit for an activity an educator completed? 

A: The renewal credit work must support the educator’s professional growth and development plan. The credit work cannot be a part of the educator’s contracted duties. Pre-approval policy within a district must be followed. The verification must meet the credit matrix description.