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Certificates | Certifications | Endorsements

Certificates

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The College of Education offers opportunities for students to engage in courses designed to award or lead to certificates, endorsements or add-on certifications that enhance their overall educational experience and prepare them for leadership opportunities across their lives and careers.

These certificate programs, awarded by Clemson University, are part of the College of Education's commitment to developing leadership that will systemically improve education and affect positive change in classrooms, athletic fields, businesses and all the places students work and serve after graduation. Explore our certificate offerings below. 

Note: Students may earn a certificate en-route to a degree; however, an additional graduate school certificate application is required. Please reach out to your program contact (listed under each certificate’s ‘find out more’ section) for details.

Endorsements | Add-on Certification

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Educators may be eligible to add specialized endorsements or add-on certification awarded by the State Department of Education to their existing credential. These specialized endorsements and/or certifications recognize additional preparation and expertise. In some instances, a specialized endorsement may be required to teach a specific course for students.

Endorsements

  • Online Teaching – Students completing the Online Teaching certificate will have the option to apply for an Online Teaching endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, Mathematics (STEAM) Education – Students completing the STEAM specialization within the Teaching and Learning M.Ed. or the STEAM Certificate will have the option to apply for a STEAM endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Teacher Leader – Students completing the Instructional Coaching specialization within the Teaching and Learning M.Ed. will have the option to apply for a Teacher Leader endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Literacy Teacher – Students completing the Literacy Teacher certificate will have the option to apply for a Literacy Teacher endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Literacy Coach – Students completing the Literacy Coach certificate will have the option to apply for a Literacy Coach endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.
  • Literacy Specialist – Students completing the Literacy Specialist certificate will have the option to apply for a Literacy Specialist endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Add-on Certification

  • ESOL – Students completing the ESOL Certificate will have the option to apply for an add-on ESOL certification from the South Carolina State Department of Education.

State Licensure / Certification Information

If you are not a Clemson student and wish to find licensure/certification information, the following documents might be helpful. If you cannot find what you need here, please contact the S.C. State Department of Education or more specifically for licensure/certification here.


Professional Practice Background Checks & Teacher Education Praxis Exams

Expired License/Certificate or Renewing a License/Certificate
The South Carolina State Department of Education authorizes requirements to renew an expired educator certificate. Please refer to this site for details. If you have any questions, please contact the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Reciprocal Applicants
Teachers with a valid certificate issued by another state may be eligible for licensure/certification through South Carolina’s reciprocity agreement. Please contact the South Carolina State Department of Education for details and contact information.

Foreign Applicants Applying for Certification
The South Carolina State Department of Education will determine the eligibility of foreign teachers applying for educator licensure/certification. If you have any questions, please contact the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Completion of Recommendation/Verification Forms from Other States
Clemson alumni who need to have verification or recommendation forms completed for licensure/certification in other states should contact Jen Hall at 864-656-7692 in the Office of Field & Clinical Experiences, 100 Tillman Hall.

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