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South Carolina Admissions Standards

State/CAEP Requirements

State-level requirements CAEP requirements
GPA requirement 2.75 individual minimum

The state allows no more than 5 percent of applicants to a given institution to be admitted with a GPA waiver.
3.0 cohort average
Test requirement A basic skills test

Teacher preparation programs can exempt candidates who demonstrate equivalent performance on the SAT or ACT.
Cohort average score on a nationally-normed test in the top 50th percentile

Citation

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South Carolina Code Annotated 59-26-20(e); 59-26-30
South Carolina State Board of Education Minutes, October 11, 2006: http://ed.sc.gov/scdoe/assets/file/stateboard/documents/SBEandComms-Minutes-10-06.pdf
Standards, Policies, and Procedures for South Carolina Educator Preparation Units: http://ed.sc.gov/educators/educator-preparation/educator-preparation-units/accreditation/policies-and-regulations/standards-policies-and-procedures-for-south-carolina-educator-preparation-units/

State Response

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South Carolina noted that the requirements listed are CAEP requirements, not those adopted by the South Carolina Board of Education. The state also added that as part of the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP), the South Carolina Department of Education is currently working with internal and external stakeholders to redesign the state’s guidelines for educator preparation providers (EPPs). Currently, the admissions requirements to undergraduate teacher preparation programs are indicated in the Standards, Policies, and Procedures for South Carolina's Educator Preparation Units.

According to current state policy, candidates must present the following in order to be admitted to an EPP’s professional program: (1) acceptable scores on Praxis Core exams (waived with acceptable score on the SAT (1650 composite) or ACT (24 composite)); (2) forty-five hours of college-level work; (3) a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; and (4) a statement of disclosure concerning all prior convictions to include felonies and misdemeanors.

South Carolina also mentioned that the state has entered into a partnership agreement with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. EPPs will have to meet CAEP standards as part of the accreditation process; however, South Carolina’s minimum requirements are indicated above.

The state added that the mean SAT and ACT scores listed are those for the institution, not the teacher education program. CAEP will review program level scores—not those for admission into the institution itself. Additionally, South Carolina noted that the institutions included in the study were selected based on the latest available Title II report.

South Carolina Programs

Click below to see analyses of program-level compliance with GPA and/or testing requirements, as well as program responses to these findings.

College of Charleston

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
1130.0 (SAT)
25.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes

University of South Carolina - Columbia

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
1210.0 (SAT)
27.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Program Response

The University of South Carolina - Columbia recognized the factual accuracy of NCTQ's analysis of its GPA policy. The institution noted that it was not able to verify the 2015 test score data for all undergraduate students as reported by NCTQ via the Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS).

University of South Carolina - Upstate

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
945.0 (SAT)
20.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Program Response

The University of South Carolina - Upstate recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Winthrop University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
1055.0 (SAT)
22.5 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Program Response

Winthrop University noted that it requires a 24 on the ACT or 1650 on the SAT or state-mandated Praxis Core Scores. The institution added that the latter test is being nationally normed and is expected to be accepted by CAEP. Further, Winthrop University noted that its average GPA for cohorts at admission exceeds the 3.0 mark.

Clemson University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
1245.0 (SAT)
28.5 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Program Response

Clemson University noted that its mean SAT score is 1253.

Coastal Carolina University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
1000.0 (SAT)
21.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes

North Greenville University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
1115.0 (SAT)
26.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes

Francis Marion University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
955.0 (SAT)
19.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes No No

Anderson University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
1010.0 (SAT)
23.0 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes
Program Response

Anderson University recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Bob Jones University

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Program-level GPA requirement University-level mean SAT or ACT score Program meets the state's… Program meets CAEP's…
GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement GPA requirement Test requirement GPA and test requirement
2.75
1065.5 (SAT)
22.5 (ACT)
Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes