|The SC Teacher Loan Program was established by the State of South Carolina through the Education Improvement Act of 1984 to entice talented and qualified students into the teaching profession. This loan is cancelled by teaching in South Carolina public schools in an area of critical need. Visit the South Carolina Student Loan Corporation website for more details about a SC Teacher Loan. Or call (800) 347-2752, TTY Users should use (803) 798-0916 for Relay Call Services.
Alternative Routes to Certification
The Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) is South Carolina's alternative route for certification. To address critical teaching shortages in South Carolina, the South Carolina General Assembly provided for a conditional certification program as part of the 1984 Education Improvement Act. The purpose of the program is to enable degreed individuals, who otherwise do not meet certification requirements, to gain employment in the public schools in a content area included in the alternative certification program. Eligible candidates are enrolled in a series of training seminars and workshops as well as graduate courses which lead to their professional certification.