Licensure Loopholes: South Carolina

Exiting Ineffective Teachers Policy


The state should close loopholes that allow teachers who have not met licensure requirements to continue teaching.

Meets goal
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Licensure Loopholes: South Carolina results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
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Analysis of South Carolina's policies

South Carolina requires that only teachers who have met all state requirements teach in core academic areas. The state does allow certified out-of-state teachers who do not meet the state's licensure requirements to teach for one year under a temporary certificate, provided they are not teaching one of the core subject areas, defined as "English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics, government, economics, history, geography, and the arts." 


Recommendations for South Carolina

State response to our analysis

South Carolina recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Research rationale

Research has shown that "the difference in student performance in a single academic year from having a good as opposed to a bad teacher can be more than one full year of standardized achievement." See E. Hanushek, "The Trade-Off between Child Quantity and Quality," The Journal of Political Economy 100 No. 1 (1992): 84-117. Hanushek has also found that highly effective teachers can improve future student earnings by more than $400,000, assuming a class of 20.  "The Economic Value of Higher Teacher Quality." National Bureau of Economic Research. Working Paper 16606 (2010).