South Carolina – State Information

MEA President: Michael Moore
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Christine Fisher
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/12/2021
Adjourns: TBD

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline TBD
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Henry McMaster (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Merita Ann Allison (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Robert L. Brown (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. J. Gregory Hembree (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 803-734-2403
Senate Secretary Contact 803-212-6200
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Molly Spearman

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Jewell Stanley, Office of Accountability, Team Lead
Title IV Director Not found
Title IV Website None
Title IV Allocations Not found
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Not found


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

SC Music Education PK-12
Music Education: Choral
Music Education: Instrumental PK-12
Music Education: Piano PK-12
Music Education: Strings PK-12
Music Education: Voice
Initial (3-year)
Professional (5-year)
Alternative Route (1-year, may be renewed for 3 additional years upon continued employment and successful teaching)
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Praxis II: Music Content & Instruction (5114) Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, or 7-12

edTPA, PPAT, or SC Rubric 4.0 (depending on the institution/

Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $105.00 application
$50.50 fingerprinting
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

AccelerateED Task Force Guidance and Recommendations for 2020–21 School Year

Prioritizing and Promoting Health and Safety in School Music Instruction and Performance Settings

Each of the 81 districts in the state has had its reopening plans approved by the state department of education, but only 1 in 5 plan to open full-time five days a week. Four plan to start with fully remote instruction. In July, Gov. Henry McMaster urged all districts to offer a typical full-time schedule, but Molly Spearman, the education superintendent, said she disagreed with that edict and would approve “high quality” plans that had safety at the forefront.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Spartanburg School District to purchase musical instruments. As a result, the district now has students who now have instruments to practice during the school day and at home, and they also have enough instruments to allow more students to be able to participate in band.