Teacher Certification

  • Maintaining a valid South Carolina teaching certificate is the responsibility of every educator in Rock Hill Schools.  Please use the FAQ's and information below to assist in this process.

    Do You Know Your Certification Status?
    You can check your certification status at the State Department of Education at www.ed.sc.gov or click here to link directly to the data inquiry page.

    What steps must I take to maintain a current teaching certificate?
    To access the full Renewal Plan Manual, please click here.
    To access the Renewal Computation Sheet for Professional Educators, click here.

    Included in the Certificate Renewal Credit Plan are the following:

    • An overview and state guidelines for Certificate Renewal
    • The Renewal Credit Matrix, outlining acceptable options for recertification credit
    • Step by step directions to renew a certificate 
    • Forms to be completed with the assistance of your school Renewal Credit Advisor (principal or supervisor).

    What is the Personnel department's role in maintaining current teaching certificates?
    As outlined in the Credit Renewal Plan, select educators should submit a Recertification Computation Sheet to Personnel between May 15 and June 15 of a particular school year. These are educators who

    • have a professional certificate that expires at the end of the current school year;
    • have a professional certificate and are leaving the district at the end of the current school year; or
    • have a professional certificate that expires at the end of the next school year and who have obtained their 120 credits already.

    Upon review and approval of the Recertification Computation Sheet, Personnel will update certificates with the Office of Teacher Certification. 

    In addition to the duties listed above, the Personnel department

    • provides information to building level administrators regarding the certification status of teachers
    • coordinates a recertification appeals process;
    • promotes and encourages staff development opportunities that meet option requirements as outlined by the Renewal Credit Matrix. 

    What is the South Carolina Office of Teacher Certification's role in maintaining current teaching certificates?
    The South Carolina Office of Teacher Certification handles requests for updates (changing degree level, adding experience credit, or adding certification areas) to a teacher's valid certificate.  Teachers should file a Request for Change/Action Form directly with the Office of Teacher Certification in such instances.