South Carolina Administration/Principal Certification

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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.

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Education Requirements

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

Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in South Carolina.

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Examinations

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:
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Experience Requirements

Elementary School Principal & Supervisor- Tier 1:
  • Valid South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate at the elementary level
  • Three years of teaching experience in grades PK-8
Secondary School Principal & Supervisor- Tier 1:
  • Valid South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate at the secondary level
  • Three years of teaching experience in grades 7-12
District Superintendent:
  • Valid South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate at the elementary, middle or secondary level
  • Three years of experience as a PK-12 or post-secondary teacher
  • Two years of experience as a school administrator, school district administrator, post secondary administrator, or school business administrator
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Documents and Application Requirements

Once you have met educational, examination and experience requirements, you may apply for an administrative certificate online. Send the following documents to the Office of Educator Certification:

Mail all of the above to Division of Educator Quality and Leadership, Office of Educator Certification, Landmark II Office Building, 3700 Forest Drive, Suite 500, Columbia, South Carolina 29204.

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Criminal History Background Check

Because you have already held an initial teaching certificate in South Carolina and have undergone the criminal history background check and fingerprinting process, this need not be repeated.

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Contact Information

For more information on administrator preparation programs in South Carolina, contact these colleges and universities directly.

For more information on administrative certification in South Carolina, contact the South Carolina State Department of Education Office of Educator Certification, Recruitment and Preparation at 803-734-8466.

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