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South Carolina Teacher K-12

Teacher Testing Requirements

In order to become a teacher in South Carolina you must pass the South Carolina Praxis II Assessments for educator licensure to meet the requirements to earn your first Alternative Route Certificate. South Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow has created resources to help you with passing these exams and the information below is from our work with the South Carolina Department of Education.

Note that South Carolina works with ETS for the Praxis II Assessments and the tests are computer based – not paper and pencil. You must use your social security number with all Praxis II Exams in order to process your teacher certification paperwork. If you test in South Carolina all scores will automatically be sent to the South Carolina Department of Education.

South Carolina Praxis II

Exams for Educator Licensure

Registration Information

Praxis Core Academic Skills


  • Beginning teachers in South Carolina must pass all three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests.
  • 5712 Reading – Qualifying score 156
  • 5722 Writing – Qualifying score 158
  • 5732 Math – Qualifying score 142
  • Note that the cost of each test is $90 – but if you take all three at one time you only pay $150!

Praxis II Subject Assessments / Specialty Area Tests

You must take the specific Praxis II content area assessment in the subject area in which you are seeking certification. You may take additional content area tests to meet federal highly qualified status in other subjects. This is highly recommended as it increases your marketability as a candidate for a teaching position.
Go to the ETS Praxis site for South Carolina to determine the subject area test you need.

Requirements to Earn Your

South Carolina Professional Certificate

South Carolina Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching – this is the pedagogy exam required for moving to a Professional Certificate. You will take this during your first year in the classroom teaching, as the test is focused on the application of pedagogy in the classroom.
The test you take depends on the grade level certification you are working towards.
The tests are 2 hours long and have 70 selected response questions and 4 constructed response questions. Cost of the exam is $146.

Middle Level

Exam 5623 Grades 5-9, score 160


Exam 5624, Grades 7-12, score 157

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