How to Become an Education Administrator in South Carolina

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Learn how to become an Education Administrator or School Principal in South Carolina.

The South Carolina State Department of Education issues Administrative Certificates to qualified applicants for the following positions: Elementary School principal and Supervisor (Tiers 1 and 2), Secondary School principal and Supervisor (Tiers 1 and 2), and District Superintendent.

Academic Obligations

Elementary School principal & Supervisor – Tier 1:

Elementary School principal & Supervisor – Tier 2:

Secondary School principal & Supervisor- Tier 1:

Secondary School principal & Supervisor- Tier 2:

District Superintendent

Assessments

Elementary School principal & Supervisor – Tier 1:

Elementary School principal & Supervisor – Tier 2:

Secondary School principal & Supervisor- Tier 1:

Secondary School principal & Supervisor- Tier 2:

District Superintendent:

Classroom Teaching Experience Requirements

Elementary School principal & Supervisor- Tier 1:

  • South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate (elementary level)
  • 3 years of teaching experience in grades PK-8

Secondary School principal & Supervisor- Tier 1:

  • South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate
  • 3 years of teaching experience in grades 7-12 (secondary level)

District Superintendent:

  • South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate
  • 3 years of experience as a PK-12 or post-secondary educator
  • Two years of experience as a school administrator

Documents and Application Requirements

Once you have met educational, assessment and experience obligations, you may apply for an administrative certificate online. Submit the following materials to the Office of Educator Certification:

Background Check Requirements

Before you acquire your education administrator license, you must undergo a criminal history background check.

State Contacts

For additional info on education administrator preparation programs in South Carolina, make contact with these institutions directly.

For additional info on administrative licensure in South Carolina, make contact with the South Carolina State Department of Education Office of Educator Certification, Recruitment and Preparation at 803-896-0325.

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