Become an Exceptional Education Teacher

  • Join our Family of Educators and Make a Lasting Impression on the Lives of Students

    Who is included in the Exception Education Department?

    ESE Areas


    Areas of Certification for Special Education:

    • Early Childhood
    • Emotional Disabilities
    • Multi-Categorical Disabilities
    • Intellectual Disabilities
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Severe Disabilities
    • Visual Impairments
    • Hearing Impairments
    • Speech Language Therapists (Master’s Required)
    • School Psychology (Master’s Required)

    How Can I Become an Exceptional Education Teacher?
    You can apply online if you already have your teaching certificate in special education.


    Explore the other opportunities to get started teaching in Exceptional Student Education

    CREATE Scholarship Program
    The SC-CREATE scholarship program, sponsored by the SCDE Office of Special Education Services prepares current General Education teachers or individuals who hold a non-education Bachelor's degree in any major with no teaching license, a path to become a professional special education teacher. 

    The mission of CREATE is to build capacity and grow the Special Education Teacher workforce. The CREATE program also has funds to assist full-time employees, in and out of the classroom, in SC public schools with obtaining add-on and PACE-SpEd licensure.

    If you are in one of the following groups and desire to serve students as an Exceptional Student Education/Special Education teacher, please apply for the CREATE Scholarship:

    General Education Teachers (who are seeking a career change into Special Education)

    Special Education Teachers (who are being required to add-on another SpEd area)

    PACE-ED/LD/MC Teachers (who need to complete three required licensure courses)

    Teacher Assistants (who hold SC educator licensure in a GenEd area)

    Non-instructional Staff (who hold SC educator licensure in a GenEd area)

    Teachers of Tomorrow (who hold a LD or ED certificate)

    CREATE Scholarship

    The first step is to submit a CREATE application online

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